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Reclaiming the WildernessContemporary Dynamics of the Yiguandao$
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Sébastien Billioud

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197529133

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197529133.001.0001

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The Role of Confucianism in Defusing Tension with the Social and Political Environment

The Role of Confucianism in Defusing Tension with the Social and Political Environment

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(p.139) 5 The Role of Confucianism in Defusing Tension with the Social and Political Environment
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Reclaiming the Wilderness
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Sébastien Billioud

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197529133.003.0006

In areas where most of the research for this book was carried out, a high amount of tension between Yiguandao and the state existed or still exists. This was the case in Taiwan during the martial law era and this is still the case in China, where the group has been banned by the Communist regime since 1949. The main argument defended in chapters 5 is that in contexts where the Yiguandao is in a situation of high tension with the authorities, Confucianism plays a pivotal role to defuse or decrease this tension. In so doing, it facilitates the group’s expansion. Chapter 5 proposes a brief retrospective on Yiguandao’s Confucianization and discusses the situation in Taiwan both before and after 1987, a date that marks both the end of martial law and the legalization of the group.

Keywords:   tension, defusing tension, Confucianism, Taiwan, martial law, legalization

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