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The Sage and the People: The Confucian Revival in China

Sebastien Billioud and Joel Thoraval


Based on a decade of fieldwork and a cross-disciplinary approach (anthropology, sociology, history), this book studies the popular revival of Confucianism that has taken place in China since the beginning of the twenty-first century. It does not primarily focus on intellectual or normative discourses but on the reappropriation and reinvention of popular practices in society. After a long twentieth century, during which Confucianism was often considered as ousted from history or confined to philosophical speculations, this book explores the new relations between the sage and the people in realm ... More

Keywords: Confucius, Confucian revival, education, religion, rites, China, Taiwan, redemptive societies, Yiguandao, Chinese cosmology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190258139
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190258139.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sebastien Billioud, author
Professor of Chinese studies, East Asian Studies Department; Head, East Asian Studies Department, University Paris-Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Citi

Joel Thoraval, author
Senior Researcher, EHESS, Paris