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Maoism and Grassroots Religion: The Communist Revolution and the Reinvention of Religious Life in China

Xiaoxuan Wang

Abstract

This book explores grassroots religious life under and after Mao in Rui’an County, Wenzhou, in southeastern China, a region widely known for its religious vitality. Drawing on hitherto unexplored local state archives, records of religious institutions, memoirs, and interviews, it tells the story of local communities’ encounters with the Communist revolution, and their consequences, especially the competitions and struggles for religious property and ritual space. It demonstrates that, rather than being totally disrupted, religious life under Mao was characterized by remarkable variance and une ... More

Keywords: Maoism, Chinese religion, China, communal religion, Protestant Christianity, Buddhism, temple, church, religious property, redemptive societies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190069384
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190069384.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Xiaoxuan Wang, author
Independent Scholar