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Social Scientific Studies of Religion in China: Methodologies, Theories, and Findings (Religion in Chinese Societies) Hardcover – January 27, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-9004182462 ISBN-10: 9004182462

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Product Details

  • Series: Religion in Chinese Societies (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: BRILL (January 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9004182462
  • ISBN-13: 978-9004182462
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,126,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Fenggang Yang is Director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society (CRCS) and Professor of Sociology at Purdue University. He is the author or editor of multiple books. Two of his articles won "Distinguished Article Awards": "Transformations in New Immigrant Religions and Their Global Implications" and "The Red, Black, and Gray Markets of Religion in China". He has given many invited lectures at major universities in the United States and China, and has been interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, etc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean-Paul A. HELDT on December 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This 312-page book is a collection of 12 essays written or co-written by 17 scholars representing such prestigious institutions as, Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo), London School of Economics, McGill University (Montreal), Fudan University (Shanghai), Peking University (Beijing), Renmin University of China (Beijing), and Minzu University of China (Beijing), among several more.

This volume is a compilation of papers presented at the Beijing Summit on Chinese Spirituality and Society at Peking University on October 8--10, 2008.

Most essays deal exclusively with mainland China, a few with a region or sub-region in China (e.g., Southeast China, pp. 133ff; Hebei province, pp. 195ff), and few yet cover mainland China and Taiwan (pp. 273ff).

As with any edited volume, it is a rather challenging task to write a consistent book review when so many scholars have different perspectives on different aspects under the same topic, namely, `Religious studies in China.'

Having lived and taught in China for over six years (2002--2009), I can appreciate all the more the ever-changing religious constellation in China.

In terms of societal and religious state of affairs, the New (post-1949) China can be divided in two quasi-antithetical periods: a) 1949-1976, a period dominated by hardcore Communist Chairman Mao Zedong, who initiated the devastating Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), and b) 1980 to the present, characterized by the policy of `Reform and Opening,' initiated by the more visionary, and physically less imposing, Deng Xiaoping.
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