Explaining Religious Vitality

Fenggang Yang

in Religion in China

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735655
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918591 | DOI:
Explaining Religious Vitality

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Chapter One reviews the literature of the sociology of religion, discusses the shift from the secularization paradigm to the new paradigm of religious vitality, and proposes a political economic approach to explain religion in China under Communist rule. Within the new paradigm, the “supply-side explanations” have been dominant in the literature, which seem appropriate to explain religious change in the United States and perhaps in Europe as well. However, the shortage economy of religion in China under Communist rule is a political economy that necessitates the development of a theoretical model that accounts for the demand-driven dynamics under heavy regulation.

Keywords: secularization; New Paradigm; Peter Berger; David Martin; R. Stephen Warner; Rodney Stark; Grace Davie; János Kornai; shortage economy; supply-side theory

Chapter.  5939 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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