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Religion and China's Welfare Regimes

Buddhist Philanthropy and the State

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Presents a detailed view of Buddhist philanthropy, contextualized with an historical overview

  • Goes deeper than other studies on relations between religion and state in China

  • Explores why the CCP turns to Buddhist followers and their leaders

Part of the book series: Religion and Society in Asia Pacific (RSAP)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiv
  2. China’s Welfare Regimes Since 1949

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. The Main Social Policies Under Xi Jinping

      • André Laliberté
      Pages 27-50
    3. The Institutionalization of Buddhism Since 1949

      • André Laliberté
      Pages 101-122
    4. Buddhism and the CCP Since 1949

      • André Laliberté
      Pages 123-148
  3. Buddhist Philanthropy After 1978

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 149-149
    2. The Duty of Serving the Public Interest

      • André Laliberté
      Pages 173-203
    3. A Sketch of Regional Systems Analysis

      • André Laliberté
      Pages 205-221
    4. The Nine Regions of Han Buddhist Philanthropy

      • André Laliberté
      Pages 223-258
    5. Buddhist Philanthropy from the Bottom-Up

      • André Laliberté
      Pages 259-281
    6. The Ren’ai Charity Foundation

      • André Laliberté
      Pages 283-307
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 309-327

About this book

This book presents the welfare regime of China as a liminal space where religious and state authorities struggle for legitimacy as new social forces emerge. It offers a unique analysis of relations between religion and state in the People’s Republic of China by presenting how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) tries to harness Buddhist resources to assist in the delivery of social services and sheds light on the intermingling of Buddhism and the state since 1949. This book will appeal to academics in social sciences and humanities and broader audiences interested in the social role of religions, charity, NGOs, and in social policy implementation. The author explores why the CCP turns to Buddhist followers and their leaders and presents a detailed view of Buddhist philanthropy, contextualized with an historical overview, a regional comparative perspective, and a review of policy debates. This book contributes to our understanding of secularity in a major non-Western society influenced by religions other than Christianity.

André Laliberté is Professor of comparative politics at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He has co-edited “Buddhism in China after Mao” with Ji Zhe and Gareth Fisher. In 2019, he was Research Fellow for the Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe “Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities” in Leipzig.


Keywords

  • Philanthropy
  • Welfare
  • Buddhism
  • Secularity
  • China
  • Social Policy

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

    André Laliberté

About the author

André Laliberté is Professor of comparative politics at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He has co-edited “Buddhism in China after Mao” with Ji Zhe and Gareth Fisher. In 2019, he was Research Fellow for the Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe “Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities” in Leipzig.

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Buying options

eBook
USD 109.00
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  • ISBN: 978-981-16-7270-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)