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Centres and margins: the organisation of extravagance as self-government in China

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2008) Centres and margins: the organisation of extravagance as self-government in China. In: Pine, Frances and Pina-Cabral, João de, (eds.) On the Margins of Religion. Berghahn Books, Oxford, UK, pp. 135-153. ISBN 9781845454098

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Focusing on places, objects, bodies, narratives and ritual spaces where religion may be found or inscribed, the authors reveal the role of religion in contesting rights to places, to knowledge and to property, as well as access to resources. Through analyses of specific historical processes in terms of responses to socio-economic and political change, the chapters consider implicitly or explicitly the problematic relation between science (including social sciences and anthropology in particular) and religion, and how this connects to the new religious globalisation of the twenty-first century. Their ethnographies highlight the embodiment of religion and its location in landscapes, built spaces and religious sites which may be contested, physically or ideologically, or encased in memory and often in silence. Taken together, they show the importance of religion as a resource to the believers: a source of solace, spiritual comfort and self-willed submission.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Berghahn Books
Divisions: Anthropology
Asia Centre
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2011 16:15
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2024 06:39

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