Spirituality in a Modern Chinese Metropolis

Lizhu Fan and James D. Whitehead

in Chinese Religious Life

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731398
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914487 | DOI:
Spirituality in a Modern Chinese Metropolis

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This chapter focuses on the spirituality of the urban residents of Shenzhen, a new city just across the border from Hong Kong. As a prosperous metropolis with little history and no tradition, inhabited almost exclusively by migrants from other parts of China, Shenzhen offers clues on the future of religion in a hypermodern, urban Chinese context. The chapter shows how Shenzhen residents actively turn to China's spiritual heritage to give moral meaning to their lives in a competitive market economy.

Keywords: Shenzhen; spirituality; moral capital; social capital; Buddhism; urban anthropology; vegetarianism

Chapter.  7655 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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