Making Christ Present in China: Actor-Network Theory and the Anthropology of Christianity (2020)

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Making Christ Present in China: Actor-Network Theory and the Anthropology of Christianity  (2020)
An anthropological theorization of the unity and diversity of Christianity, this book focuses on Christian communities in Nanping, a small city in China. It applies methodological insights from Actor-Network Theory to investigate how the Christian God is made part of local social networks. The study examines how Christians interact with and re-define material objects, such as buildings, pews, offerings, and blood, in order to identify the kind of networks and non-human actors that they collectively design. By comparing local Christian traditions with other practices informing the Nanping religious landscape, the study points out potential cohesion via the centralizing presence of the Christian God, the governing nature of the pastoral clergy, and the semi-transcendent being of the Church.
About the Author
Michel Chambon is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Hanover College, USA. He completed a Master’s in Theology at the Catholic University of Paris, France and a Ph.D. in Anthropology at Boston University, USA. He has also been a visiting researcher at the University of Notre Dame, USA.
Hardcover : 304 pages
ISBN-10 : 3030556042
ISBN-13 : 978-3030556044
Dimensions : 5.83 x 0.75 x 8.27 inches
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2020 edition (October 25, 2020)
Language: : English
Table of contents (7 chapters)
Studying Chinese Christianity  Pages 1-31
Building Churches on Chinese Soil  Pages 35-77
Responding Together in the Face of the Lord  Pages 79-130
Revealing the Pastoral Church Through Elderly Care  Pages 131-195
The Overflow of Gifts  Pages 199-237
The Bloody Business of Christian Conversion  Pages 239-276
Conclusion: The Tree of Life  Pages 277-286

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