Gift and market in the Chinese religious economy

  title={Gift and market in the Chinese religious economy},
  author={David Alexander Palmer},
  pages={569 - 594}
Religious market theory has figured prominently in recent scholarly debates in the social scientific study of religion in China. This article argues that the existence of ‘religious markets’ should not be assumed as axiomatic but should be investigated as concrete social processes, distinguishing between market and non-market relations. Based on field research among popular religious and spiritual groups in China and drawing on the literature of economic anthropology, the author proposes an… 

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