The Rise of the Community in Rural China: Village Politics, Cultural Identity and Religious Revival in a Hui Hamlet

  title={The Rise of the Community in Rural China: Village Politics, Cultural Identity and Religious Revival in a Hui Hamlet},
  author={Ben Hillman},
  journal={The China Journal},
  pages={53 - 73}
  • Ben Hillman
  • Published 1 January 2004
  • Political Science
  • The China Journal
The rise of "localism" has been a defining feature of the post-socialist state. Whether from regime collapse or through the introduction of reforms, as the tentacles of the post-socialist states retreated from intimate involvement in daily socio-economic life, the way has been opened for new groups at the local level to assert ownership and control of material resources and social capital. In some parts of the former USSR, the rise of the local led to violent upheavals. While China was mostly… 
Using Religion to Resist Rural Dispossession: A Case Study of a Hui Muslim Community in North-west China
Abstract In this paper, we examine the role played by religion in a struggle waged by Hui Muslim villagers against land expropriation. Religion can provide powerful resources for protest movements,
Individual agency through imagining transnational community: converting to Islam in Modern China
This study examines subjective, social, and transnational aspects of conversion to Islam in modern China by examining the “conversion careers” (Gooren (J Sci Stud Relig 46(3):337–353, 2007), 2010) of
Culture, Economic Style and the Nature of the Chinese Economic System
In recent economic research, culture has received growing attention as a determinant of institutional change and growth. East Asia and China in particular have been frequently identified as cases in
The Historical Foundations of Religious Restrictions in Contemporary China
The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) abolished its total ban on religious activities in 1982. However, the distrust that the CCP feels for religions remains obvious today, and the religious
Paradise Under Construction: Minorities, Myths and Modernity in Northwest Yunnan
Until recently, Zhongdian County was a little known corner of Northwest Yunnan. All that changed when it began to call itself 'Shangri-la', the mythical paradise of the Tibetan Himalayas. On 17
In Pursuit of Islamic "Authenticity": Localizing Muslim Identity on China's Peripheries
In this ethnographic sketch, I analyze the complex processes of Sino-Islamic identity formation by examining the variety and diversity of locally produced “authenticity,” situated within a global
China Under Reform
  • V. Shaw
  • Economics, Political Science
  • 2006
This article examines social problems in Chinese rural society as it undergoes economic reform and social transformations on an unprecedented scale. First is a historical review of social change in
China's “Christianity Fever” Revisited: Towards a Community-Oriented Reading of Christian Conversions in China
Chinese Protestant Christianity has been continually growing over the past three decades, with an estimated one million converts per year. A number of studies have sought to explain this phenomenon.
Public Service Outputs, Social Integration, and Households' Support for Relocation Compensations: Evidence from a Hui Ethnic Community in Western China
Active enforcement of city renewal policies in local China today has constituted a source of social unrests, due to their adverse potentials on present and future lives of the uprooted households.