Constructing China's Jerusalem Hardback

Christians, Power, and Place in Contemporary Wenzhou

by Nanlai Cao;

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Constructing China's Jerusalem

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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.

Constructing China's Jerusalem by Nanlai Cao was published by Stanford University Press in November 2010. The ISBN for Constructing China's Jerusalem is 9780804770804.

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Details for Constructing China's Jerusalem

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherStanford University Press (November 2010)
Number of Pages232
Thickness15 mm
Height226 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code3580739
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