Christianity in Contemporary China: Socio-cultural Perspectives (2012)

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Christianity in Contemporary China: Socio-cultural Perspectives (2012)

Editor: Khek Gee Lim, Francis
ISBN: 978 0 415 52846 7
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
List price(s): 85.00 GBP 145.00 USD
Publication date: 31 August 2012
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition

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Christianity is one of the fastest growing religions in China. Despite its long history in China and its significant indigenization or intertwinement with Chinese society and culture, Christianity continues to generate suspicion among political elites and intense debates among broader communities within China. This unique book applies socio-cultural methods in the study of contemporary Christianity. Through a wide range of empirical analyses of the complex and highly diverse experience of Christianity in contemporary China, it examines the fraught processes by which various forms and practices of Christianity interact with the Chinese social, political and cultural spheres. Contributions by top scholars in the field are structured in the following sections: Enchantment, Nation and History, Civil Society, and Negotiating Boundaries. This book offers a major contribution to the field and provides a timely, wide-ranging assessment of Christianity in Contemporary China.

Table of contents

Introduction Francis Khek Gee Lim

Part 1 Enchantment
2. Signs and Wonders: Christianity and Hybrid Modernity in China Richard Madsen
3. From Christianity in China to Chinese Christianity : Changing Paradigms and Changing Perspectives Peter Tze Ming Ng

Part 2 Nation and History
4. Co-optation and its Discontents: The Seventh-day Adventism in China Joseph Tse-Hei Lee
5. Unifying the Nation: Protestant Reactions to CCP's Nationalist Agenda Carsten Vala
6. Trying to Make Sense of History: Revivalist Christianity in China and Their Theological Political Interpretation of Past and Present History Tobias Brandner
7. The Religiosity of Popular Chinese Cinema and Its Implications for Contemporary Christianity Yam Chi-Keung
8. Re-mapping Boundaries: Christianity and Community Formation Among the Minority Nationalities Francis Khek Gee Lim

Part 3 Civil Society
9. Civil Society and the Role of the Catholic Church in Contemporary China Seguire Chan Shun-hing
10. The Emergence of Christian Subcultures in China: Beginnings of an Inculturation from the Grassroots? Katrin Fiedler
11. Calvin, Culture and Christ? Developments of Faith among Chinese Intellectuals Fredrik Fallman
12. Christian Ethics and Business Life: An Ethnographic Account of Overseas Chinese Christian Entrepreneurs in China's Economic Transition Joy Tong
13. Saints, Secrets, and Salvation: Emergence and Development of Spiritual-Religious Groups in the PRC After 1978 Kristin Kupfer

Part 4 Negotiating Boundaries
14. The House-church Identity and Preservation of Pentecostal-style Protestantism in China Kao Chen-yang
15. Making Sense of China's State-Society Relations: Protestant House Churches in the Reform Era Teresa Wright and Teresa Zimmerman-Liu
16. Three-Self Protestant Churches, the Local State and Religious Policy Implementation in a Coastal Chinese City Mark McLeister
17. A Church on the Second-floor: A Case Study of a Protestant Congregation in a Residential Building in Hong Kong Gustav K.K. Yeung


Francis Khek Gee Lim teaches in the Division of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests revolve around religion and tourism in various Asian cultures and societies.



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