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Social Scientific Studies of Religion in China
Methodology, Theories, and Findings

Edited by Fenggang Yang and Graeme Lang

 

Acknowledgments

 

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List of Contributors

 

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Introduction: The Rising Social Scientific Study of Religion in China

Graeme LANG Fenggang YANG

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PART I: METHODOLOGICAL AND THEORETICAL CHALLENGES

Thirty Years of Religious Studies in China

HE Guanghu

23

History as a Factor in the Social Scientific Study of Chinese Religion

J. Gordon MELTON

47

Explanations of Internaitonal Differences in Religion that May Apply to China

Daniel V.A. OLSON

61

The Dilemma of Pursuing Chinese Religious Studies within the Framework of Western Religious Theories

FAN Lizhu

87

Religion in China: Some Introductory Notes for the Intrepid Western Scholar

Eilleen BARKER

109

Local Ritual Traditions of Southeast China: A Challenge to Definitions of Religon and Theories of Ritual

Kenneth DEAN

133

 

 

 

PART II: IDENTITIES, ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETIES

Contemporary Chinese Beliefs and Spiritual Pursuits

Victor YUAN

165

Exploring the Relationship between Religion and Ethnicity in China

HE Qimin

181

From Grassroots Association to Civil Society Organization: A Case Study of the Hebei Province Dragon Tablet Fair

GAO Bingzhong
MA Qiang

195

On the Problem of Developing a Mechanism for the Participation of Religion in the Social Services Sector

LIU Peng

227

Religion and Environmentalism in Chinese Societies

Graeme LANG
LU Yunfeng

245

Secular State and Religious Society in Mainland China and Taiwan

Richard MADSEN

273

 

 

 

Afterword

Yoshiko ASHIWA
David L. WANK

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Index

 

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