Although the development of a “popular” brand of Confucianism in China is today a massive phenomenon, research on the topic remains scarce. Based on fieldwork carried out by a team of scholars in different parts of the country, the ambition of
The Varieties of Confucian Experience is to contribute to the limited body of ethnographic accounts that aim to document and understand the diversity of phenomena encapsulated under the label “Confucian revival” in the first two decades of the 21st century.
Sébastien Billioud is Professor of Chinese Studies at University Paris-Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité. Based on a cross-disciplinary approach, his research explores the multi-faceted fates of modern and contemporary Confucianism.
Table of contents
Acknowledgements Illustrations Contributors
Introduction Sébastien Billioud
The Birth of a New Religion: The Development of The Confucian Congregation in Southeast China Chen Na, Fan Lizhu and Chen Jinguo
Making a Virtue of Piety: Dizigui and the Discursive Practice of Jingkong’s Network Ji Zhe 汲喆
Popular Groups Promoting “The Religion of Confucius” in the Chinese Southwest and Their Activities since the Nineteenth Century (1840–2013): An Observation Centered on Yunnan’s Eryuan County and Environs Wang Chien-Chuan 王見川
Belief and Faith: The Situation and Development of Confucianism in Yunnan Province Chung Yun-ying
Civil Spirituality and Confucian Piety Today: The Activities of Confucian Temples in Qufu, Taipei, and Changchun Nakajima Takahiro
The Revival of Traditional Culture and Religious Experience in Modern Urban Life: The Example of the Changchun Confucius Temple Ishii Tsuyoshi
Contemporary Confucius Temples Life in Mainland China: Report from the Field Anna Sun
Rites Bridging the Ancient and Modern: The Revival of Offerings at Urban Ancestral Temples Chen Bisheng
An Adventure Called “Sishu”: The Tensions and Vagaries of a “Holistic” Educational Experience (zhengti jiaoyu) in Today’s Rural China Guillaume Dutournier and Wang Yuchen
Confucian Revival and the Media: The CCTV “Lecture Room” Program Fabrice Dulery
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