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The Secular in South, East, and Southeast Asia


The Secular in South, East, and Southeast Asia



von: Kenneth Dean, Peter van der Veer

103,52 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 13.06.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9783319893693
Sprache: englisch

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This innovative edited collection provides a comprehensive analysis of modern secularism across Asia which contests and expands prevailing accounts that have predominantly focused on the West. Its authors highlight that terms like ‘secular’, ‘secularization’, and ‘secularism’ do not carry the same meanings in the very different historical and cultural contexts of Asia. Critiquing Charles Taylor’s account of secularism, this book examines what travelled and what not in ‘the imperial encounter’ between Western secular modernity and other traditions outside of the West. Throughout the book, state responses to religion at different points in Chinese and South-East Asian history are carefully considered, providing a nuanced and in-depth understanding of post-secular strategies and relations in these areas. Particular attention is given to Catholicism in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Singapore, and Hinduism and Chinese religion in Malaysia, Singapore, and India. This theoretically engaged work will appeal to students and scholars of Asian studies, anthropology, religious studies, history, sociology, and political science.
Chapter 1: Introduction; Kenneth Dean and Peter van der Veer.- Chapter 2: Asian Catholicism, Interreligious Colonial Encounters and Dynamics of Secularism in Asia; Jose Casanova.- Chapter 3: The Secular in India and China; Peter van der Veer.- Chapter 4: Spirit Mediums and Secular/Religious Divides in Singapore; Kenneth Dean.- Chapter 5: Secularization, Sacralization and Subject Formation in Modern China; David A. Palmer and Fabian Winiger.- Chapter 6: The Third Globalization of Catholicism in Greater China; Richard Madsen.- Chapter 7: “Folk Belief,” Cultural Turn of Secular Governance and Shifting Religious Landscape in Contemporary China; Xiaoxuan Wang.- Chapter 8: The Roles of Secular States in the Development of Contemporary Chinese Buddhism: A Cross-Strait Perspective on Buddhist Nunneries; Tzu-Lung Chiu.- Chapter 9: Communist Ideology, Secularity, and Reenchantment Challenges for the Catholic Church in Vietnam, 1954-2015; Peter C. Phan.- Chapter 10: The Uncle Ho Religion in Vietnam; Tam T.T. Ngo.- Chapter 11: From Secularism to Popular Progressiveness: Popular Religion and the Creation of Telangana Regionalism; Stefan Binder.- Chapter 12: Adjudicating the Sacred: The Fates of ‘Native’ Religious Endowments in India and Hong Kong; Leilah Vevaina.- Chapter 13: Secularism and Religious Modernity in Sri Lanka & Singapore: Transregional Revivalism Considered; Neena Mahadev.
Kenneth Dean is Professor and Director of Chinese Studies at National University Singapore.Peter van der Veer is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany, and Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
This innovative edited collection provides a comprehensive analysis of modern secularism across Asia which contests and expands prevailing accounts that have predominantly focused on the West. Its authors highlight that terms like ‘secular’, ‘secularization’, and ‘secularism’ do not carry the same meanings in the very different historical and cultural contexts of Asia. Critiquing Charles Taylor’s account of secularism, this book examines what travelled and what not in ‘the imperial encounter’ between Western secular modernity and other traditions outside of the West. Throughout the book, state responses to religion at different points in Chinese and South-East Asian history are carefully considered, providing a nuanced and in-depth understanding of post-secular strategies and relations in these areas. Particular attention is given to Catholicism in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Singapore, and Hinduism and Chinese religion in Malaysia, Singapore, and India. This theoretically engaged work will appeal to students and scholars of Asian studies, anthropology, religious studies, history, sociology, and political science.
Presents new analysis and research on secularism from across Asia, including both urban and rural areasProvides a comparative perspective, examining different religious developments within Asia, and between Asia and the WestContests the dominant historical narrative of secularization demonstrating its limited applicability outside of the Euro-American historical context
“An ambitious engagement with Charles Taylor’s magnum opus: A Secular Age, taking issue with his Eurocentrism. Several essays counter Taylor’s vision of uni-directional development of secularism with examples of the re-enchantment of contemporary Asian nation-states, capitalist institutions, and popular religion. The communal nature of Asian popular religions problematize Taylor’s narrative that secularization occurs through the “buffered self.” This book is an indispensable companion or corrective to Taylor – it tells the story of secularism in Asia, from where a huge chunk of human population and capital now hails.” (Mayfair Yang, Religious Studies Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)

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