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The Political Consequences of Religious Revival in the People's Republic of China

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Abstract:

One of the premises of this essay is that China faces a crisis of modernity caused by growing inequities, a rigid political system, and the widespread perception in the population that the elites are corrupt. In many other societies, such conditions have often triggered the emergence of political movements that construct new ideologies of resistance out of a variegated pool of religious traditions, social practices, and beliefs. The central question this essay considers is whether China is following a similar path. It explores whether China is witnessing extreme religious movements that propose alternatives to the existing social and political order by way of a response to the crisis of legitimacy experienced by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). ...

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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