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Introduction

Philip L. Wickeri

in Chinese Religious Life

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731398
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914487 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731398.003.0001
Introduction

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Religion has undergone remarkable growth in the Chinese world over the past few decades. This introductory chapter explains the conceptual framework that underpins the material presented in the book and its organization. The book focuses on religious practices rather than doctrines or beliefs, and their impact on the social, cultural, and political dimensions of public life. Debates over culture, civil society, and “public morality” in China, mediated by the Chinese Communist Party, have shaped the scope and extent of participation in social and cultural life, which includes religion. The Chinese world in this book is understood to include mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and overseas Chinese communities.

Keywords: Chinese communities; Communist Party of China; religion; public life; civil society; religious practice

Chapter.  3277 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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