Religion and Charity
The Social Life of Goodness in Chinese Societies
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- Robert P. Weller, Boston University
- C. Julia Huang, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
- Keping Wu, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangdong
- Lizhu Fan, Fudan University, Shanghai
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Free markets alone do not work effectively to solve certain kinds of human problems, such as education, old age care, or disaster relief. Nor have markets ever been the sole solution to the psychological challenges of death, suffering, or injustice. Instead, we find a major role for the non-market institutions of society - the family, the state, and social institutions. The first in-depth anthropological study of charities in contemporary Chinese societies, this book focuses on the unique ways that religious groups have helped to solve the problems of social well-being. Using comparative case studies in China, Taiwan and Malaysia during the 1980s and onwards, it identifies new forms of religious philanthropy as well as new ideas of social 'good', including different forms of political merit-making, new forms of civic selfhood, and the rise of innovative social forms, including increased leadership by women. The book finally argues that the spread of these ideas is an incomplete process, with many alternative notions of goodness continuing to be influential.Read more
- The first in-depth anthropological study of charities in contemporary Chinese societies
- Identifies new forms of religious philanthropy and new ideas of 'goodness' in Chinese societies
- Places Chinese case-studies in a broad theoretical context and introduces new analytical concepts
- Takes a cross-national and cross-religious approach of the topic
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- Date Published: September 2017
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108314268
- contains: 10 b/w illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. Engaged religions and the social life of goodness
2. Legacies and discontinuities in China, Taiwan and Malaysia
3. Political merit-making: religious philanthropy and the state
4. A (Chinese) good person
5. Gifts, groups, and goodness
6. Innovating the good
7. Alternative goodness
8. Conclusion: the unlimited good in context.
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