Review of Religion and Chinese Society

Editor: Fenggang Yang
Review of Religion and Chinese Society is an international peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles and book reviews in social sciences and certain humanities disciplines. All articles will be in English, and Chinese titles and abstracts will be provided as well.
• “Religion” is understood in the broadest sense, including various spiritualities and meaning-making systems of beliefs and practices.
• “Chinese society” includes those in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Chinese diasporic communities in Asia, North America, Europe, and elsewhere throughout the world.
• It welcomes studies that compare religion in Chinese and some other societies.
• The journal is multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary in its outlook and presents theoretical and empirical studies of religion in disciplines such as anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, and history.
• The preferred articles are theoretically driven empirical studies, although it also publishes articles that are primarily empirical or primarily theoretical.
• It also publishes review essays of particular fields, symposia of particular topics, interviews with renowned scholars, and reports of academic conferences relevant to the themes of this journal.
• Submissions of articles and proposals for special issues are welcome.
• The journal will publish reviews of books that have been published in English, Chinese, and other languages.

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“Generational Legacies: The Family in Chinese Christianity”
Special Issue of Review of Religion and Chinese Society

Though the vast majority of Christians in China today are converts, or first-generation Christians, a significant and influential number of Chinese Christians trace their faith back to earlier generations. Some Chinese families count a Christian heritage six, seven, or even more generations back. In the contemporary Western tradition, Christianity is often framed as an individualized religion—conversion is an individual’s choice and having a “personal relationship” with God is emphasized. However, outside of the West where Christianity has experienced rapid growth, particularly in collectivist cultures, such a framing may not fit. In China, the family, rather than the individual, has traditionally been the most basic unit. The family is integral to the understanding of Chinese religious life, but this has not been a major focus of much of the research on Chinese Christianity, particularly Protestantism. By focusing on the importance of the family in Chinese Christianity, we see that this religion is not simply a Western implant, but truly a Chinese religion.

This special issue of Review of Religion and Chinese Society will publish select articles that provide fresh perspectives on how understandings of the family may shed new insights onto Chinese Christianity. Topics may include (but are not limited to):
- Commemoration of family history by Chinese Christian families
- How Chinese Christianity is linked to kinship or lineage networks
- Religious influence of (great) grandparents on young generations
- “Sinification” of Chinese Christian families
- Intergenerational challenges for Chinese Christian families
- Multi-religious or mixed religious Chinese families
- How Chinese Christian families perform life course rituals
- How Chinese Christian families express their religious identity

Important Dates:
- Complete drafts: March 20, 2021. Drafts should be 5,000-8,000 words (including bibliography and notes). Please refer to the RRCS Instructions for Authors for paper formatting details. Also, please include abstract (100-200 words) and a brief CV. Submit these materials and any questions to Chris White:
- Decisions will be made by April 1. Those selected will be invited to participate in a workshop that will take place on April 26, 2021, 9:00-11:30 am EST. The goal of this workshop is for all contributors to offer constructive suggestions on the papers and better allow the articles to dialogue with each other. (Attendance at the workshop is not mandatory for consideration.)
- Final draft: May 31, 2021.>/b> After final submission, all papers will go through the normal, rigorous blind peer-review process with the journal. The tentative plan is that the special issue will be published in late 2021 as issue 8.2 of Review of Religion and Chinese Society.
Fenggang Yang, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Associate Editors
Ryan Dunch, University of Alberta, Canada
André Laliberté, University of Ottawa, Canada
David Palmer, University of Hong Kong, China
Jonathan Pettit, The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA

Book Review Editor
Chris White, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Advisory Board
Robert Bellah†, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Eileen Barker, London School of Economics, UK
Peter Berger, Boston University, USA
J. Gordon Melton, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA
Rodney Stark, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA
Xinping Zhuo, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China

Editorial Board
Daniel Bays, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Hsing-kuang Chao, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan
Adam Yuet Chau, Cambridge University, UK
Kenneth Dean, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Stephan Feuchtwang, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Shining Gao, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China
Vincent Goossaert, EPHE, Paris, France
Paulos Huang, University of Helsinki, Finland
Zhe Ji, INALCO, Paris, France
Xiangping Li, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
Xi Lian, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
Richard Madsen, University of California, San Diego, USA
Anna Sun, Kenyon College, Ohio, USA
Michael Szonyi, Harvard University, USA
Yen-zen Tsai, Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan
Carsten Vala, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, USA
David Wank, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
Robert Weller, Boston University, USA
Mayfair Mei-hui Yang, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Fuk-tsang Ying, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China