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Author Cao, Nanlai.

Title Constructing China's Jerusalem [electronic resource] : Christians, power, and place in contemporary Wenzhou / Nanlai Cao.

Imprint Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2011.

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Description 1 online resource (xii, 216 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Series East-West Center series on contemporary issues in Asia and the Pacific
Contemporary issues in Asia and the Pacific.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : putting Christianity and capitalism in their place -- The rise of "boss Christians" and their engagements with state power -- Of manners, morals and modernity : cosmopolitan desires and the remaking of Christian identity -- The business of religion in the "Wenzhou model" of Christian revival -- Gendered agency, gender hierarchy and religious identity making -- Conversion to urban citizenship : rural migrant workers' participation in Wenzhou Christianity -- Conclusion : religious revivalism as a moral discourse of modernity.
Summary "Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth life history interviews, this illuminating book provides an intimate portrait of contemporary Chinese Christianity in the context of a modern, commercialized economy. In vivid detail, anthropologist Nanlai Cao explores the massive resurgence of Protestant Christianity in the southeastern coastal city of Wenzhou--popularly referred to by its residents as 'China's Jerusalem'--a nationwide model for economic development and the largest urban Christian center in China. Cao's study of Chinese Christians delves into the dynamics of activities such as banqueting, network building, property acquisition, mate selection, marriage ritual, migrant work, and education. Unlike previous research that has mainly looked at older, rural, and socially marginalized church communities, Cao trains his focus on economically powerful, politically connected, moralizing Christian entrepreneurs. In framing the city of Wenzhou as China's Jerusalem, newly rich Chinese Christians seek not only to express their leadership aspirations in a global religious movement but also to assert their place, identity, and elite status in post-reform Chinese society"--Provided by publisher.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
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Subject Christianity -- Social aspects -- China -- Wenzhou Shi.
Church growth -- China -- Wenzhou Shi.
Christianity and culture -- China -- Wenzhou Shi.
Wenzhou Shi (China) -- Church history.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Church history.
Other Form: Print version: Cao, Nanlai. Constructing China's Jerusalem. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2011 (DLC) 2010014331 (OCoLC)606235069
ISBN 9780804776424 (electronic bk.)
0804776423 (electronic bk.)
9780804770804 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0804770808 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780804773607 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0804773602 (pbk. ; alk. paper)