Chinese Redemptive Societies and Salvationist Religion: Historical Phenomenon or Sociological Category?

@inproceedings{Palmer2011ChineseRS,
  title={Chinese Redemptive Societies and Salvationist Religion: Historical Phenomenon or Sociological Category?},
  author={David A. Palmer},
  year={2011}
}
This paper outlines a conceptual framework for research on Chinese redemptive societies and salvationist religion. I begin with a review of past scholarship on Republican era salvationist movements and their contemporary communities, comparing their treatment in three bodies of scholarly literature dealing with the history and scriptures of ”popular sects” in the late imperial era, the history of ”secret societies” of the Republican period, and the ethnography of ”popular religion” in the… 
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TLDR
A new approach for the understanding of sectarian religion in imperial and modern China is defined and the shortcomings of the recently introduced concept of “redemptive societies” are demonstrated.
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