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Grassroots Charisma : Four Local Leaders in China - Stephan Feuchtwang

Grassroots Charisma

Four Local Leaders in China

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Published: 9th August 2001
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This book relates the stories of four leaders under very different political regimes: Colonial, Nationalist and Communist. The authors compare Chinese notions of respect and inspiration with their equivalents in other religious and political histories of colonial and post-colonial modernity, thereby producing a thorough re-working of the idea of charisma. The result is an intriguing study of the relationship between religious and political authority in a changing world.

'This is a fascinating book to read and will remain useful for a long time to come for both university students and researchers in the field.' - The Journal of Asian Studies

Introduction
Gender and religious authority in China
Mingming and Stephan
Structure and content of the book
States and local histories
Retelling other people's stories
The authority of religion and its politics
Charisma
Max Weber on charisma
Two anthropologists on Western charisma
Other traditions of charisma
The juncture of times with historicity
Meifa
Meifa and its Festivals
The local cult of the Master of Method (Fa Zhu Gong)
Reconstructing the history of Meifa
An annual cycle and its wider world
Economy and organisation of festival ritual
Twentieth-century adaptations
Revolution, Fortune, and Respect: Darkface (Wansheng)
The pivot of Wansheng's story
Being a good cadre
The Cultural Revolution and the Cult of Mao
The turning point
Towards rehabilitation
Revitalisation of Meifa's identity
Authority and force
On the language of respect
Shiding
Shiding and its Temple
Ang Kong: the General
Interlude
Sian Kong: the Immortal
Tensions between temple and festival
Writing and Inspiration: Darkwood (Wumu)Spirit writing
A career of charisma
The ritual of writing
Canonisation
Inspiration with many authors
One and many dictators
Creation in a field of intentions
The Location of Face: Lin Qingbiao
Custom reform Postwar revitalisation
A rough tongue and an upright character
Face, place and story
Reform and Refinement: Gao Bineng's Face
A good official
Gao Bineng's version of the Immortal
A change of authority
A new face for Shiding
Politics, religion and personal authority
Gao Bineng at 90, his Authority and the New Politics of Taiwan
Self-composition
The politics of Taiwan and its martyrs
A politics of culture and community
Authority and respect in Shiding
Conclusions
Charisma in Shiding and Meifa
Shiding and Meifa as places in politics of culture
The Dispersal of Charisma under a National Canopy
A final word
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ISBN: 9780415244183
ISBN-10: 0415244188
Series: Routledge Studies in China in Transition
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 9th August 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 16.2  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1