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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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The Shortage Economy of Religion under Communism

The Shortage Economy of Religion under Communism

(p.123) 6 The Shortage Economy of Religion under Communism
Religion in China

Fenggang Yang

Oxford University Press

Chapters Six articulates the demand-dynamic model of the shortage economy of religion. Despite the Chinese Communist efforts of eradication, suppression and restrictions, religion has survived and revived. The restrictive regulations have created vivacious dynamics on the demand side, which is characteristic of a shortage economy of religion, including seeking, queuing up, substituting, and returning or reawakening. Evading the forced substitution of atheism, many individuals resort to alternative spiritualities that are the main stock in the gray market of religion. This chapter articulates a shortage economy theory that underpins the triple-market complexity.

Keywords:   János Kornai, economics of shortage, shortage economy of religion, eradication, forced substitution, Chinese Communist Youth League, alternative spiritualities, spiritual awakening, spiritual seekers

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