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Nanlai Cao is a Research Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong.
2 articles in English
Li Xiangping, Xinyang dan bu rentong: Dangdai zhongguo xinyang de shehuixue quanshi (Believing without Identifying: The Sociological Interpretation of Spiritual Beliefs in Contemporary China)
Raising the Quality of Belief
The paper addresses the changing dynamics of Protestantism in contemporary urban China through the lens of the Christian discourse of quality ( suzhi). Linking suzhi with processes of identity and subject formation in the Chinese Protestant community, the paper shows that the religiosity of today’s Chinese Protestants is not so much related to acts of spiritual seeking in a state-centred political framework as it is shaped by desires and practices of self-making among neoliberal individuals under rapid marketisation. It also demonstrates that Chinese Protestantism has undergone not just a quantitative increase but also a qualitative change that counters the one-dimensional representation of Christian religiosity in the post-Mao era.
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