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Encounter, initiation, and commitment: Christian conversion among new Chinese migrants in Britain

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posted on 11.06.2020, 13:22 by Xinan Li, Line Nyhagen, Thoralf Klein
This chapter examines different stages of conversion to Christianity among contemporary Chinese migrants in Britain. The Chinese has become the fourth largest ethnic minority group in Britain, yet their religious attachments and experiences have hitherto received scant scholarly attention. This chapter seeks to fill this research gap by providing explorative sociological accounts of the socio-religious dynamics of the Chinese Christian communities in Britain, with a main focus on religious conversion. The study takes a qualitative approach, employing in-depth interviews and multi-sited ethnography as the main investigative instruments. It draws on social scientific theories of religious conversion to develop a sequential framework for the discussion of typical conversion trajectories among Chinese Christian converts in Britain. The applied three-stage sequential model, which centres on encounter, initiation and commitment, helps us understand the dynamics of Christian conversion whilst also providing a theoretical framework for an analysis of religious community-building among Chinese migrants in Britain.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Chinese Religions Going Global

Pages

77 - 96

Publisher

Brill

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This book chapter was accepted for publication in the book Chinese Religions Going Global. The definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004443327.

Acceptance date

08/06/2020

Publication date

2020-12-17

Copyright date

2021

ISBN

9789004443167; 9789004443327

ISSN

1877-5233

Book series

Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion; 11

Language

en

Editor(s)

Nanlai Cao; Giuseppe Giordan; Fenggang Yang

Depositor

Dr Line Nyhagen. Deposit date: 8 June 2020

Exports

Loughborough Publications

Categories

Exports