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Article: Gift and market in the Chinese religious economy

TitleGift and market in the Chinese religious economy
Authors
KeywordsChina
Economic Anthropology
Gift Economy
Religious Economy
Religious Market
Issue Date2011
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rrel20/current
Citation
Religion, 2011, v. 41 n. 4, p. 569-594 How to Cite?
AbstractReligious market theory has figured prominently in recent scholarly debates in the social scientific study of religion in China. This article argues that the existence of 'religious markets' should not be assumed as axiomatic but should be investigated as concrete social processes, distinguishing between market and non-market relations. Based on field research among popular religious and spiritual groups in China and drawing on the literature of economic anthropology, the author proposes an alternative model of a 'religious gift economy' made up of gifting exchanges between humans and between gods and humans. Five ethnographic cases from China illustrate the operation and coexistence of gift and market exchanges. In contemporary China, there is a tendency towards an increasing marketisation of religion, with a simultaneous growth of religious movements explicitly offering non-market forms of sociality. Rather than subsuming all exchanges under the blanket concept of the market, studies of religion must be attentive to the distinct logics of different models of exchange. © 2011 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172360
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.442
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dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationReligion, 2011, v. 41 n. 4, p. 569-594en_US
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dc.description.abstractReligious market theory has figured prominently in recent scholarly debates in the social scientific study of religion in China. This article argues that the existence of 'religious markets' should not be assumed as axiomatic but should be investigated as concrete social processes, distinguishing between market and non-market relations. Based on field research among popular religious and spiritual groups in China and drawing on the literature of economic anthropology, the author proposes an alternative model of a 'religious gift economy' made up of gifting exchanges between humans and between gods and humans. Five ethnographic cases from China illustrate the operation and coexistence of gift and market exchanges. In contemporary China, there is a tendency towards an increasing marketisation of religion, with a simultaneous growth of religious movements explicitly offering non-market forms of sociality. Rather than subsuming all exchanges under the blanket concept of the market, studies of religion must be attentive to the distinct logics of different models of exchange. © 2011 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rrel20/currenten_US
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dc.rightsThis is an electronic version of an article published in Religion, 2011, v. 41 n. 4, p. 569-594. The Journal article is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0048721X.2011.616703-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectChinaen_US
dc.subjectEconomic Anthropologyen_US
dc.subjectGift Economyen_US
dc.subjectReligious Economyen_US
dc.subjectReligious Marketen_US
dc.titleGift and market in the Chinese religious economyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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