The Politics of Legitimation and the Revival of Popular Religion in Shaanbei, North-Central China

  title={The Politics of Legitimation and the Revival of Popular Religion in Shaanbei, North-Central China},
  author={Adam Yuet Chau},
  journal={Modern China},
  pages={236 - 278}
  • A. Chau
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology
  • Modern China
From the early 1980s onward, popular religion has enjoyed a momentous revival in Shaanbei (northern Shaanxi province), as in many other parts of rural China. But despite its immense popularity, popular religion still carries with it an aura of illegality and illegitimacy. Not properly Daoism or Buddhism, which are among the officially recognized religions, popular religion in theory constitutes illegal, superstitious activities. This article addresses questions of the legality and legitimacy of… Expand
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