Contemporary Religions in China

Author:   Shawn Arthur
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN:  

9781138601987


Pages:   300
Publication Date:   06 February 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Folk and popular religion is a very significant part of Chinese religious life, especially in rural areas. Contemporary Religions in China focuses on the religious activities of the lay people of contemporary China and their ideas of what it means to be religious and to practice religion . Throughout, the discussion is illustrated with case studies, textboxes, images, thought questions, and further reading, which help to capture what religion is like, how and why it is practiced, and what 'religion' means for everyday people across China in the twenty-first century. Contemporary Religions in China is an ideal introduction to religion in China for undergraduate students of religion, Chinese studies, and anthropology.

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Author:   Shawn Arthur
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.445kg
ISBN:  

9781138601987


ISBN 10:   1138601985
Pages:   300
Publication Date:   06 February 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

List of Figures List of Boxes Acknowledgements Chapter 1- Introduction to lay religion in China Chapter 2- Setting the Stage and Defining Terms Chapter 3- Entering Temples Chapter 4- Understanding and Interacting with Deities, Spirits and Ancestors Chapter 5- Interacting with Auspiciousness Chapter 6- Interacting with Fate, Fortune, and Chance Chapter 7- Lay Goals and Major Issues: Why Practice Religion Bibliography Index

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What does religion look like today in China? Shawn Arthur's book asks and answers this question in wonderful detail and provides the relevant insight and context to explain what he has seen on his many research trips across China. In so doing he makes the case for an ethnographic approach to religion that takes its cue from religion as it is practised in everyday life, using theory to explain the facts, rather than fitting facts to the theory. The result is a clear, patient and honest account of religion in China through the eyes of an expert guide. I recommend it highly for anyone who is curious about religion in China today. James Miller, Duke Kunshan University, China


What does religion look like today in China? Shawn Arthur's book asks and answers this question in wonderful detail and provides the relevant insight and context to explain what he has seen on his many research trips across China. In so doing he makes the case for an ethnographic approach to religion that takes its cue from religion as it is practised in everyday life, using theory to explain the facts, rather than fitting facts to the theory. The result is a clear, patient and honest account of religion in China through the eyes of an expert guide. I recommend it highly for anyone who is curious about religion in China today. James Miller, Duke Kunshan University, China


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Shawn Arthur is Assistant Professor of Chinese Religions at Wake Forest University, USA.

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