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Obeisance and Dis-obeisiance

Eric Reinders

in Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780520241718
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931084 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520241718.003.0008
Obeisance and Dis-obeisiance

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This chapter explores the rigid refusal to bow in China. It describes this dis-obeisance as a constitutive part of Victorian Protestant identity and analyzes the reasons why deep obeisance was so viscerally repellant to so many Britons. It suggests that the visceral reactions to deep bowing were informed not just by religious identity but also by class and gender.

Keywords: China; dis-obeisance; Victorian Protestant identity; Britons; deep bowing; religious identity; class; gender

Chapter.  7240 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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