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Religious Reconfigurations in the People's Republic of China

Religious Revival and Exit from Religion in Contemporary China

Benoît Vermander


This paper examines both the revival of religious organisations and practices in China and what could be coined the “exit from religion” exemplified by the loss of religious basis for social togetherness and the instrumentalisation of religious organisations and discourse. It argues that “revival” and “exit” taken as a twofold phenomenon facilitate an understanding of the evolving and often disputed nature of China’s religious sphere throughout history as well as the socio-political stage that the country is entering.

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Benoît Vermander, « Religious Revival and Exit from Religion in Contemporary China », China Perspectives [Online], 2009/4 | 2009, Online since 01 December 2012, connection on 24 April 2019. URL :

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