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Daoism in Modern China

Daoism in Modern China

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L’ouvrage Daoism in Modern China. Clerics and Temples in Urban Transformations, 1860-Present est paru chez Routledge. Dirigé par Vincent Goossaert et Xun Liu, il s’attaque à la question des temples et du taoïsme et leur place dans la pratique religieuse moderne chinoise, et montre comment l’histoire chinoise moderne a modifié la structure et l’organisation de la vie sociale et religieuse en Chine, et quel rôle le taoïsme a joué dans ces changements.

This book questions whether temples and Daoism are two independent aspects of modern Chinese religion or if they are indissolubly linked. It presents a useful analysis as to how modern history has changed the structure and organization of religious and social life in China, and the role that Daoism plays in this.

Using an interdisciplinary approach combining historical research and fieldwork, this book focuses on urban centers in China, as this is where sociopolitical changes came earliest and affected religious life to the greatest extent and also where the largest central Daoist temples were and are located. It compares case studies from central, eastern, and southern China with published evidence and research on other Chinese cities. Contributors examine how Daoism interacted with traditional urban social, cultural, and commercial institutions and pays close attention to how it dealt with processes of state expansion, commercialization, migration, and urban development in modern times. This book also analyses the evolution of urban religious life in modern China, particularly the ways in which temple communities, lay urbanites, and professional Daoists interact with one another.

A solid ethnography that presents an abundance of new historical information, this book will be of interest to academics in the field of Asian studies, Daoist studies, Asian religions, and modern China.

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