Fenggang Yang (PhD in 1997, the Catholic University of America) is Professor of Sociology and Director of Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University in Indiana. His forthcoming book is Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communism (Oxford University Press).
Graeme Lang (PhD in1979, York University) is Professor of Sociology at City University of Hong Kong. His publications on religion in China include The Rise of a Refugee God: Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin (Oxford University Press, 1993).
Scholars, students, journalists, and religious professionals interested in the revival of religion and of social scientific studies of religion in contemporary China.
Table of contents
Graeme Lang and Fenggang Yang
Part I: Methodological and Theoretical Challenges
Chapter 1: Thirty Years of Religious Studies in China
Chapter 2: History as a Factor in the Social Scientific Study of Chinese Religion
J. Gordon Melton
Chapter 3: Explanations of International Differences in Rleigion That May Apply to China
V.A. Daniel Olson
Chapter 4: The Dilemma of Chinese Religious Studies within the Framework of Western Religious Theories
Chapter 5: Religion in China: Some Introductory Notes for the Intrepid Western Scholar
Chapter 6: Local Ritual Traditions of Southeast China: A Challenge to Definitions of Religion and Theories of Ritual
Part II: Identities, Organizations, and Societies
Chapter 7: Contemporary Chinese Beliefs and Spiritual Pursuits Today
Chapter 8: Exploring the Relationship between Religion and Ethnicity in China
Chapter 9: From Grassroots Association to Civil Society Organization: A Case Study of the Hebei Province Dragon Tablet Fair
Gao Bingzhong and Ma Qiang
Chapter 10: On the Problem of Developing a Mechanism for the Participation of Religion in the Social Services Sector
Chapter 11: Religion and Environmentalism in Chinese Societies
Graeme Lang and Lu Yunfeng
Chapter 12: Secular State and Religious Society in Mainland China and Taiwan