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Article: Doing ideology amid a crisis: collective actions and discourses of the Chinese Falun Gong Movement

TitleDoing ideology amid a crisis: collective actions and discourses of the Chinese Falun Gong Movement
Authors
KeywordsCulture
Ethnography
Interaction rituals
Leadership
Social movements
Issue Date2013
PublisherAmerican Sociological Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://spq.sagepub.com
Citation
Social Psychology Quarterly, 2013, v. 76 n. 1, p. 1-24 How to Cite?
AbstractBased on an interactionist framework, this article examines how followers of a contemporary Chinese religious movement, Falun Gong, deal with a crisis situation and sustain their conviction in the absence of their charismatic leader. Data were collected during a yearlong ethnography of the Falun Gong in Chicago and Hong Kong. The findings reveal that followers experienced cognitive dissonance as a result of the Chinese authorities' suppression and their leader's disappearance. To cope with the external and internal threats, they engaged in frequent collective actions and discourses. These collective exercises allowed them to act out their shared ideology, reaffirm their ideological mentality, and activate their ideological passion. Through interaction and collective interpretation, followers not only reconstructed meanings out of the confusion, they also romanticized the charisma of their missing leader. This article asserts the critical role of doing ideology in sustaining a movement and integrates an interactionist, social psychological approach into the literature of social movements. © American Sociological Association 2013.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188241
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dc.contributor.authorChan, CSC-
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-27T04:08:04Z-
dc.date.available2013-08-27T04:08:04Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationSocial Psychology Quarterly, 2013, v. 76 n. 1, p. 1-24-
dc.identifier.issn0190-2725-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188241-
dc.description.abstractBased on an interactionist framework, this article examines how followers of a contemporary Chinese religious movement, Falun Gong, deal with a crisis situation and sustain their conviction in the absence of their charismatic leader. Data were collected during a yearlong ethnography of the Falun Gong in Chicago and Hong Kong. The findings reveal that followers experienced cognitive dissonance as a result of the Chinese authorities' suppression and their leader's disappearance. To cope with the external and internal threats, they engaged in frequent collective actions and discourses. These collective exercises allowed them to act out their shared ideology, reaffirm their ideological mentality, and activate their ideological passion. Through interaction and collective interpretation, followers not only reconstructed meanings out of the confusion, they also romanticized the charisma of their missing leader. This article asserts the critical role of doing ideology in sustaining a movement and integrates an interactionist, social psychological approach into the literature of social movements. © American Sociological Association 2013.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherAmerican Sociological Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://spq.sagepub.com-
dc.relation.ispartofSocial Psychology Quarterly-
dc.subjectCulture-
dc.subjectEthnography-
dc.subjectInteraction rituals-
dc.subjectLeadership-
dc.subjectSocial movements-
dc.titleDoing ideology amid a crisis: collective actions and discourses of the Chinese Falun Gong Movementen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailChan, CSC: cherisch@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0190272512467653-
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dc.identifier.volume76-
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dc.identifier.epage24-
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dc.publisher.placeUnited States-
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