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Mormonism and the Chinese State

Becoming an official church in the People’s Republic of China?
Pierre Vendassi
Translated by Will Thornely
p. 43-50


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – the mainstream Mormon Church – has been seeking to establish itself in the People’s Republic of China since the 1980s. Unlike other religious movements of Christian and foreign origin, which have chosen to go underground, the LDS Church has adopted a strategy of complying with the law and negotiating with the state to obtain official authorisation to conduct its religious activities. The aim of this article is to describe and examine the basis, the form, and certain observable effects of such a strategy, both on an institutional level and in terms of the religious identities that are produced.

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Bibliographical reference

Pierre Vendassi, « Mormonism and the Chinese State », China Perspectives, 2014/1 | 2014, 43-50.

Electronic reference

Pierre Vendassi, « Mormonism and the Chinese State », China Perspectives [Online], 2014/1 | 2014, Online since 01 January 2017, connection on 11 December 2017. URL :

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About the author

Pierre Vendassi

Pierre Vendassi is a PhD candidate in sociology at the Centre Émile Durkheim, Université de Bordeaux, and is the co-founder of the Institut Français de Recherche sur le mormonisme (French institute for research on Mormonism).Département de Sociologie, 3 ter, place de la Victoire, 33400 Bordeaux, France (

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