In this essay, I present the concepts of religious resistance and contentious politics, in which religions represent a source of inspiration, before moving to the issue of how these concepts apply to China. I note that there is little literature on this particular subject, which is always politically sensitive. As the Communist Party of China has increasingly recognized the relevance of religion in contemporary society, it has tried to keep it in check and thereby ensure that independent associations with a religious background will not become involved in contentious politics. This article then briefly introduces the four case studies in this special issue on the theme of religion and contentious politics in China: two cases of persecution of Christians and Catholics during the period of Mao, and two articles about Buddhism, which has a more complex relationship with the state.
AminzadeRon and PerryElizabeth J.. 2001. “The Sacred, Religious, and Secular in Contentious Politics: Blurring Boundaries.” In Silence and Voice in the Study of Contentious Politics edited by AminzadeRonald pp. 155–178. New York: Cambridge University Press.