Market Economy and the Revival of Religions

Fenggang Yang

in Chinese Religious Life

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731398
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914487 | DOI:
Market Economy and the Revival of Religions

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This chapter describes the economic and religious changes in China in the last few decades and analyzes the interactions between religion and economy. The transition toward a market economy has generated greater spiritual needs and desires among individuals. The globalizing market has created greater social space for religious practices, and religious organizations and individuals have creatively provided religious services in spite of various constraints. The final part of this chapter, through a discussion of the Weberian theme of religious ethics and the spirit of capitalism, considers the debates on the degree to which China's Confucian heritage or religious culture positively or negatively affects the development of capitalism in Chinese societies.

Keywords: religion; economy; Christianity; Confucianism; Capitalism; sociology of religion

Chapter.  7551 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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