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Religious Reconfigurations in the People's Republic of China

Kang Xiaoguang: Social Science, Civil Society, and Confucian Religion

David Ownby


This article examines the academic and intellectual career of Kang Xiaoguang, a prominent advocate of Confucianism and of the establishment of Confucianism as China’s state religion. It argues that Kang’s advocacy is rooted in a utilitarian vision of religion, and a pragmatic desire to encourage the development of healthy state-society relations in twenty-first century China.

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David Ownby, “Kang Xiaoguang: Social Science, Civil Society, and Confucian Religion”China Perspectives [Online], 2009/4 | 2009, Online since 01 December 2012, connection on 29 November 2023. URL:; DOI:

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