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Falun Gong and the Future of China

David Ownby

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780195329056
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199870240 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329056.001.0001
Falun Gong and the Future of China

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This book treats Falun Gong as an example of one form of Chinese popular religion, and the core of the volume, based on a close reading of founder Li Hongzhi's writings and on fieldwork among Falun Gong practitioners in the Chinese diaspora in North America, offers a detailed description of the doctrine, practices, and appeal of Falun Dafa (the term practitioners use to describe their “cultivation practice”). It is argued that Falun Gong, and the larger qigong movement out of which Falun Gong emerged, should be understood as part of reform era China's religious revival and that the historical roots of Falun Gong may be traced through qigong to the redemptive societies of the Republican period and even to the White Lotus sectarian tradition of late imperial times. The nature and historical importance of these groups has often been obscured by a state discourse of orthodoxy and heterodoxy, which the study of Falun Gong allows us to problematize. The ongoing campaign of suppression waged by the Chinese state against Falun Gong suggests that this discourse is alive and well and illustrates the state's role in the politicization of popular religious organizations. The volume concludes that religions like Falun Gong have played a more important role in China's modern history than has been recognized and are likely to continue to play such roles in China's future.

Keywords: Falun Gong; Falun Dafa; Li Hongzhi; popular religion; cultivation; qigong; redemptive societies; White Lotus; orthodoxy; heterodoxy

Book.  336 pages. 

Subjects: East Asian religions

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 Introductionin Falun Gong and the Future of China

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 A History for Falun Gongin Falun Gong and the Future of China

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 The Creation and Evolution of Qigongin Falun Gong and the Future of China

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 Falun Gong Outside of Chinain Falun Gong and the Future of China

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 David Meets Goliathin Falun Gong and the Future of China

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Conclusionin Falun Gong and the Future of China

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