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Making Christ Present in China

Actor-Network Theory and the Anthropology of Christianity

Authors: Chambon, Michel

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  • A theoretically innovative application of Actor-Network Theory to the field of religion in China
  • Provides a new conceptualization of the agency of Christ in Christian churches
  • Presents an ethnographic study of Catholic and Protestant Christian churches in the city of Nanping
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An anthropological theorization of the unity and diversity of Christianity, this book focuses on Christian communities in Nanping, a small city in China. It applies methodological insights from Actor-Network Theory to investigate how the Christian God is made part of local social networks. The study examines how Christians interact with and re-define material objects, such as buildings, pews, offerings, and blood, in order to identify the kind of networks and non-human actors that they collectively design. By comparing local Christian traditions with other practices informing the Nanping religious landscape, the study points out potential cohesion via the centralizing presence of the Christian God, the governing nature of the pastoral clergy, and the semi-transcendent being of the Church. 

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Michel Chambon is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Hanover College, USA. He completed a Master’s in Theology at the Catholic University of Paris, France and a Ph.D. in Anthropology at Boston University, USA. He has also been a visiting researcher at the University of Notre Dame, USA. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Making Christ Present in China
Book Subtitle
Actor-Network Theory and the Anthropology of Christianity
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-55605-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-55605-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-55604-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 290
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 29 illustrations in colour
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