The Transformation of Yiguan Dao in Taiwan: Adampting to a Changing Religious Economy

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Yunfeng Lu explores the operation of Yiguan Dao under suppression in Taiwan, its transformation from a persecuted sect to a respected religion in the past two decades, and the relationship between Yiguan Dao and its rivals in Taiwan's religious market. He also develops the religious economy model by extending it to Chinese societies.


Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Yiguan Dao in Mainland China: 1930-1953 Chapter 3 Yiguan Dao in Taiwan: 1949-1987 Chapter 4 Helping People to Fulfill Vows: Religious Commitment within Yiguan Dao Chapter 5 Market Forces and Religious Experiences Chapter 6 Deregulation and Organizational Transformation Chapter 7 Doctrinal Transformation within Yiguan Dao Chapter 8 Conclusion


Yunfeng Lu is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Peking University, Beijing.


Yunfeng Lu describes how a Chinese sect, Yiguan Dao, developed in Taiwan from being outlawed as an evil religion to being wooed by political leaders. We are shown how, initially, state suppression was a crucial variable in preventing any 'sect-to-church' development, creating an environment in which the sects, often operating in secrecy, underwent frequent schisms with a series of charismatic leaders. Once the suppression was removed, however, the movement was able to establish a stable organization, socialize second and subsequent generations, train a professional clergy and, in several other ways, reduce previous tensions between itself and the wider society. This is an excellent monograph that should be read for both its fascinating ethnographic detail and its undoubted contribution to sociological theory. -- Eileen Barker, London School of Economics Yunfeng Lu's meticulous research on Yiguan Dao adds new dimensions to the cross-national and historical study of religious movements. He traces the group's rise, suppression, and revitalization in China and Taiwan from the nineteenth century, combining participant observation and interviews with documentary and historical research. Yu also offers a substantial theoretical contribution about the complex interaction of state regulation, religious markets, and the vitality of religious movements. -- Marion S. Goldman, University of Oregon While various books and articles have touched on this religion...none have discussed the differing historical manifestations of Yiguan Dao or provided holistic accounts of its practice. Yunfeng Lu's study analyzing the religion's growth and adaptations to social change performs this role admirably... This multifaceted book will be invaluable to both seasoned scholars and undergraduate students alike. -- Scott Pacey The China Journal, January 2009 This book does have valuable contributions to both Yiguan Dao studies and general sociological studies on Chinese religion. Journal Of Chinese Religions This is a well-crafted monograph about a Chinese religion. It provides the most comprehensive overview of Yiguan Dao, a religious sect that is perhaps obscure to most people but specialists would trace its spiritual roots back about 2000 years ago ... Given the revivals of various religions in mainland China since the late 1970s, it is indeed very interesting to find out what has happened to Yinguan Dao and other sects in mainland China. I am hopeful to see more theory-driven empircal studies from Yunfeng Lu and other scholars. -- Fenggang Yang, 2009 Journal of Contemporary Asia This remarkable and very readable book offers a brilliant preview of the way in which the sociology of religion will soon be greatly enriched by new studies of Asia faiths and religious movements. Nor will this enrichment only consist of new descriptive materials. Rather, because of the extensive current dialogues and collaborations between Eastern and Western scholars, the new studies will explicitly use the descriptive Asian materials to test and revise the latest theories, just as Lu's title indicates. In fact, Yunfeng Lu is playing a prominent role in these dialogues and collaborations, holding as he does appointments at both the University of Beijing and Baylor University. -- Rodney Stark, Baylor University Students and scholars of Chinese religions will benefit from Lu's in depth study. Likewise, the sociology of religion field receives a rich case study of a Chinese new religion. Religious Studies Review, March 2010
EAN: 9780739117194
ISBN: 073911719X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2008
Seitenanzahl: 201 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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