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Global Diversities

House Church Christianity in China

From Rural Preachers to City Pastors

Authors: Kang, Jie

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  • Casts new light on China's urbanization
  • Broadens our understanding of the spread of Christianity in the People's Republic
  • Based on unique, in-depth fieldwork
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This book provides a significant new interpretation of China's rapid urbanization by analyzing its impact on the spread of Protestant Christianity in the People's Republic. Demonstrating how the transition from rural to urban churches has led to the creation of nationwide Christian networks, the author focuses on Linyi in Shandong Province. Using her unparalleled access as both an anthropologist and member of the congregation, she presents a much-needed insider's view of the development, organization, operation and transformation of the region's unregistered house churches. Whilst most studies are concerned with the opposition of church and state, this work, by contrast, shows that in Linyi there is no clear-cut distinction between the official TSPM church and house churches. Rather, it is the urbanization of religion that is worthy of note and detailed analysis, an approach which the author also employs in investigating the role played by Christianity in Beijing. What she uncovers is the impact of newly-acquired urban aspirations for material goods, success and status on the reshaping of local Christian beliefs, practices and rites of passage. In doing so, she creates a thought-provoking account of religious life in China that will appeal to social anthropologists, sociologists, theologians and scholars of China and its society.

About the authors

Jie Kang is Project Coordinator for Cultural Diversity in South-West China and South-East Asia and Temples, Rituals and the Transformation of Transnational Networks at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany.

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“Jie Kang’s multisited ethnography offers a rare insider’s view of unregistered house churches in the Chinese city of Linyi and their informal connections to house churches elsewhere. It is an important contribution to our understanding of the fast-expanding house church Christianity in the context of China’s modern transformation.” (Nanlai Cao, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

“This is richest ethnography of Chinese house church Christianity I have ever read, framed by a subtle theory of networked religion that captures the fluidity of the faith’s transitions between countryside and city in a rapidly modernizing China.” (Richard Madsen, UC San Diego, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
House Church Christianity in China
Book Subtitle
From Rural Preachers to City Pastors
Authors
Series Title
Global Diversities
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-30490-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-30490-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-30489-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-80824-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 290
Number of Illustrations
8 illustrations in colour
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