Centered around an ethnographic case study of a dragon king temple, this book examines the social and political dynamics underlying the revival of popular religion in contemporary rural China.
This book-length ethnography of the revival of a popular religious temple in contemporary rural China examines the organizational and cultural logics that inform the staging of popular religious activities. It also explores the politics of the religious revival, detailing the relationships
"More than an ethnographic case study on the revival of a local temple cult in Northern China,Miraculous Responseis an intellectually stimulating engagement with the anthropological approach to Chinese local society, politics, and religion... Clearly written, with an engaging personal touch,Miraculous Responseis an important contribution at several levels: it provides a detailed local case study of contemporary state-religion relations, describes the complex dynamics at work in rural elite politics in the post-Mao era, and provides a feast of new concepts and insights of broader relevance to anthropological history."—China Review International
"[Chau] suggests that the first key to... the religious revival in rural China is that village cadres seized upon temples and temple associations as a valuable political, economic, and symbolic resource. The second key is the incorporation of different local state agents who are motivated for reasons other than religiosity to make alliances with temple associations and temple bosses. In this regard,Miraculous Responsesheds unique light on the shifting state-society relationship in China."—Journal of Chinese Religions
"Anthropologist Adam Chau's ethnographic account of the recent revival of popular religion in rural northern Shaanxi Province in China is a delightful book that is clearly written and highly recommended for undergraduate courses in anthropology, Asian studies, religious studies, rural sociology, and even political science."—The China Review
Adam Yuet Chau is Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London more >>