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Religion in ChinaSurvival and Revival under Communist Rule$
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Fenggang Yang

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199735655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735655.001.0001

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Explaining Religious Vitality

Explaining Religious Vitality

(p.2) (p.3) 1 Explaining Religious Vitality
Religion in China

Fenggang Yang

Oxford University Press

Chapter One reviews the literature of the sociology of religion, discusses the shift from the secularization paradigm to the new paradigm of religious vitality, and proposes a political economic approach to explain religion in China under Communist rule. Within the new paradigm, the “supply-side explanations” have been dominant in the literature, which seem appropriate to explain religious change in the United States and perhaps in Europe as well. However, the shortage economy of religion in China under Communist rule is a political economy that necessitates the development of a theoretical model that accounts for the demand-driven dynamics under heavy regulation.

Keywords:   secularization, New Paradigm, Peter Berger, David Martin, R. Stephen Warner, Rodney Stark, Grace Davie, János Kornai, shortage economy, supply-side theory

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