Shades of Gray in the Changing Religious Markets of China


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This volume is a collection of studies of various religious groups in the changing religious markets of China: registered Christian congregations, unregistered house churches, Daoist masters, and folk-religious temples. The contributing authors are emerging Chinese scholars who apply and respond to Fenggang Yang’s tricolor market theory of religion in China: the red, black, and gray markets for legal, illegal, and ambiguous religious groups, respectively. These ethnographic studies demonstrate a great variety within the gray market, and fluidity across different markets. The volume concludes with Fenggang Yang reviewing the introduction of the religious market theories to China and formally responding to major criticisms of these theories.

Conributors are: HE Ling, HU Mengyin, Ke-hsien HUANG, JIANG Shen, KONG Deji, LI Hui, LIN Weizhi, Yan LIU, Jonathan E. E. Pettit, WANG Ling, Chris White, XIAO Yunze, YAN Jun, Fenggang Yang, YUAN Hao, ZHANG Zhipeng, ZHAO Cuicui, ZHAO Hao.

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Fenggang YANG 杨凤岗, PhD (1997) Catholic University of America, is Professor of Sociology at Purdue University. He is the author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule (Oxford University Press, 2012) and the Atlas of Religion in China: Social and Geographical Contexts (Brill, 2018).
Jonathan E. E. PETTIT 裴玄錚, PhD (2013) Indiana University, is Assistant Professor of Chinese Religions at the University of Hawai‘i. He is the author of Library of Clouds: A Bibliographic History of Daoist Scriptures (Hawai‘i, 2020).
Chris WHITE 白克瑞, PhD (2011) Xiamen University, is the Assistant Director of the Center on Religion and the Global East at Purdue University. He is the author of Sacred Webs: The Social Lives and Networks of Minnan Protestants, 1840s–1920s (Brill, 2017).
Scholars researching religion in contemporary China and those interested in Chinese church-state relations.
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