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Title: Beyond the market: exploring the religious field in modern China
Authors: Klein, Thoralf
Meyer, Christian
Keywords: China
Religious economy
Religious field
Theory of religion
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: KLEIN, T. and MEYER, C., 2011. Beyond the market: exploring the religious field in modern China. Religion, 41 (4), pp. 529 - 534
Abstract: This introduction discusses in general terms the applicability of the religious-economy (or market) model to the religious field in China and summarises the discussions in this special issue. This model has been adopted as a tool with which to grasp theoretically the complexities of said field; however, its application to Chinese religion(s) has taken place without an in-depth discussion of its analytical value to this subject matter. Contributions to this issue critically discuss the religious-economy model with regard to the institutionalised religions of Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism, 'popular' or 'local' religion, and the new player, 19th-century Protestant Christianity. While some contributions acknowledge a certain heuristic value of the market model, all of them point to conceptual flaws and highlight the need for revision. Taken together, they suggest a methodological pluralism in response to the pluralism of the Chinese religious field itself.
Description: This article is closed access.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1080/0048721X.2011.624693
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17509
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0048721X.2011.624693
ISSN: 0048-721X
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