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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2022, 5(8); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2022.050807.

Rethinking Religion in Chinese Society——Comment on Religion in Chinese Society


Tian Haiqiang1, Xiang Yanru2

Corresponding Author:
Tian Haiqiang

1School of Sociology, Yunnan Minzu University, Kunming, Yunnan, China

2Jiangxi Medical College, Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China


In the 1990s, foreign sociological theories of religion were introduced into China on a large scale, and a large number of excellent translations appeared. However, many scholars have found that the research theories and research results in many translations are difficult to explore the religious phenomenon in Chinese society. The publication of Yang Qingkun’s book "Religion in Chinese Society" can be said to have created a new chapter in the study of Chinese society and religion. Yang creatively regarded religious organizations and religious phenomena in Chinese society as "divergent religions", which roughly summed up the essential characteristics and manifestations of religions in Chinese society. This book comprehensively and systematically studies the relationship between religious entities, religious ceremonies, and grassroots society in Chinese society. His research involves the growth and development of Chinese mainstream religions in rural communities, trying to break free from Western definitions of religion. It is a pioneering work to study Chinese religion from a sociological perspective. From the perspective of social structural functionalism, it is important to study the formation, characteristics and relationships of "divergent" religions in our country. This paper briefly reviews Yang's works, and explores the formation of rural social order with the help of Yang's research vision and research methods on Chinese social religion.


divergent religion; the social function of Chinese religion; the formation of rural social order

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Tian Haiqiang, Xiang Yanru. Rethinking Religion in Chinese Society——Comment on Religion in Chinese Society. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2022) Vol. 5, Issue 8: 40-46. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2022.050807.


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