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The Sage and the People: The Confucian Revival in China
作者 Sebastien Billioud, Joel Thoraval
出版社 Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780190258146
分類 Religion > Chinese Religion
價格 HK$256.00
 
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After a century during which Confucianism was viewed by academics as a relic of the imperial past or, at best, a philosophical resource, its striking comeback in Chinese society today raises a number of questions about the role that this ancient tradition—re-appropriated, reinvented, and sometimes instrumentalized—might play in a contemporary context.

The Sage and the People, originally published in French, is the first comprehensive enquiry into the "Confucian revival" that began in China during the 2000s. It explores its various dimensions in fields as diverse as education, self-cultivation, religion, ritual, and politics. Resulting from a research project that the two authors launched together in 2004, the book is based on the extensive anthropological fieldwork they carried out in various parts of China over the next eight years. Sebastien Billioud and Joel Thoraval suspected, despite the prevailing academic consensus, that fragments of the Confucian tradition would sooner or later be re-appropriated within Chinese society and they decided to their hypothesis. The reality greatly exceeded their initial expectations, as the later years of their project saw the rapid development of what is now called the "Confucian revival" or "Confucian renaissance".

Using a cross-disciplinary approach that links the fields of sociology, anthropology, and history, this book unveils the complexity of the "Confucian Revival" and the relations between the different actors involved, in addition to shedding light on likely future developments.


About the Authors:

Sebastien Billioud holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies (2004) from University Paris-Diderot and is a Professor of Chinese studies at University Paris-Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cite. Based on a cross-disciplinary approach in anthropology and intellectual history, his research explores the multi-faceted development of Confucianism during contemporary periods.

Joel Thoraval is a Senior Researcher at the Research Center on Modern and Contemporary China, School for Higher Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris. Specializing in anthropology and intellectual history, he has written extensively on contemporary Chinese philosophy and has completed several anthropological research projects in Southern China and Hainan. He has spent nearly 20 years in Eastern Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan) and is the former Head of EHESS's China Center.


"What makes this book particularly valuable is its combination of nuanced academic discussions with vivid portraits of ordinary people who are active in this new development [of Confucian Revival]... This is a magnificent major contribution to contemporary Confucian studies." - Anna Sun, Journal of Chinese Religion

"The student of contemporary China and Confucianism will find in this book an enormously rich scholarly resource, theoretically sophisticated and conveyed through a vivid narrative." - Lukas Pokorny, Religious Studies Review


Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1 - Jiaohua: The Confucian revival in China as an educative project

Chapter 1. Confucian education during the 20th century: A retrospective outlook

Chapter 2. The new institutionalization of Confucian education

Chapter 3. A modern anti-intellectualism: The body, the child, the people

Part 2 - Anshen liming or the religious dimension of Confucianism

Chapter 4. "The varieties of religious experience"

Chapter 5. Questioning modern categories

Chapter 6. The quest for the recognition of Confucian religion

Part 3 - Between rites and politics: Lijiao

Chapter 7. The Confucius cult: Historical retrospective

Chapter 8. Qufu, 2007

Chapter 9. The use and abuse of Confucius

Chapter 10. Between religious ritual and political ceremonial: Cosmology and national state

Conclusion

Epilogue

Bibliography

Index


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