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Beyond the market: exploring the religious field in modern China

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posted on 15.05.2015 by Thoralf Klein, Christian Meyer
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.

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School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Religion

Volume

41

Issue

4

Pages

529 - 534

Citation

KLEIN, T. and MEYER, C., 2011. Beyond the market: exploring the religious field in modern China. Religion, 41 (4), pp. 529 - 534

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© Taylor & Francis

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Publication date

2011

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ISSN

0048-721X

eISSN

1096-1151

Language

en

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