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Protestant Christianity and Civil Society in Authoritarian China

The Impact of Official Churches and Unregistered “Urban Churches” on Civil Society Development in China in the 2000s
Carsten T. Vala
p. 43-52

Abstract

Religious groups can reinforce, complement, or undermine authoritarian domination. This article investigates whether high-status Protestant churches act as democratising civil society organisations by gathering hundreds of Protestants openly outside state structures to change church registration policies. In so doing, they also seek to curtail state domination over religion and, by extension, over all groups in society.

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References

Electronic reference

Carsten T. Vala, « Protestant Christianity and Civil Society in Authoritarian China », China Perspectives [Online], 2012/3 | 2012, Online since 04 octobre 2012, connection on 01 octobre 2014. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/5949

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About the author

Carsten T. Vala

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Loyola University Maryland.
4501 N. Charles St., Department of Political Science, Loyola University, Maryland, Baltimore, MD USA 21210 (cvala@loyola.edu).

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