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Article: Migrant workers in an era of religious revival: industrial capitalism, labour and Christianity in Shenzhen.

TitleMigrant workers in an era of religious revival: industrial capitalism, labour and Christianity in Shenzhen.
Authors
Keywordscapitalism
migrant subjectivity
Protestant Christianity
religiosity
rural-to-urban migration
Issue Date2019
PublisherCambridge University Press for School of Oriental and African Studies. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=CQY
Citation
The China Quarterly, 2019 How to Cite?
AbstractIn the reform era, China appears to be caught in a contradictory dual process - the entrenchment of secular values and simultaneously, the notable revival of all forms of religion. However, the existing literature has achieved limited success theorizing how the thriving of faiths constitutes, and co-evolves with, secular modernity and capitalism. This article contributes to this re-theorization by bringing migration, labour and industrial capitalism to bear on faith and religious practices. Our empirical study in Shenzhen focuses on the formation of rural-to-urban migrant workers' Christian faith. We examine the ways in which migrant workers manoeuvre religion as a cultural, symbolic and discursive resource to come to terms with, but also sometimes to question and counteract, the double exploitation enforced by state regulation and labour relations. In the meantime, however, this article also argues that migrants' efforts in self-transformation through the discourses of benfen and suzhi, and their theologically mediated interpretation of alienation, labour exploitation and social inequality, overlap with, and reinforce, the agenda of producing docile, productive bodies of migrants, an agenda endorsed by the state-capital coalition. This research opens new opportunities for theorizing how capitalist secularity and religious orientation implicate one another in the current Chinese society. Copyright © SOAS University of London 2019.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/275181
ISSN
2017 Impact Factor: 2.276
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.058

 

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dc.contributor.authorGao, Q-
dc.contributor.authorQian, J-
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-10T02:37:14Z-
dc.date.available2019-09-10T02:37:14Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationThe China Quarterly, 2019-
dc.identifier.issn0305-7410-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/275181-
dc.description.abstractIn the reform era, China appears to be caught in a contradictory dual process - the entrenchment of secular values and simultaneously, the notable revival of all forms of religion. However, the existing literature has achieved limited success theorizing how the thriving of faiths constitutes, and co-evolves with, secular modernity and capitalism. This article contributes to this re-theorization by bringing migration, labour and industrial capitalism to bear on faith and religious practices. Our empirical study in Shenzhen focuses on the formation of rural-to-urban migrant workers' Christian faith. We examine the ways in which migrant workers manoeuvre religion as a cultural, symbolic and discursive resource to come to terms with, but also sometimes to question and counteract, the double exploitation enforced by state regulation and labour relations. In the meantime, however, this article also argues that migrants' efforts in self-transformation through the discourses of benfen and suzhi, and their theologically mediated interpretation of alienation, labour exploitation and social inequality, overlap with, and reinforce, the agenda of producing docile, productive bodies of migrants, an agenda endorsed by the state-capital coalition. This research opens new opportunities for theorizing how capitalist secularity and religious orientation implicate one another in the current Chinese society. Copyright © SOAS University of London 2019.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherCambridge University Press for School of Oriental and African Studies. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=CQY-
dc.relation.ispartofThe China Quarterly-
dc.rightsThe China Quarterly. Copyright © Cambridge University Press for School of Oriental and African Studies.-
dc.rightsThis article has been published in a revised form in [Journal] [http://doi.org/XXX]. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © copyright holder.-
dc.subjectcapitalism-
dc.subjectmigrant subjectivity-
dc.subjectProtestant Christianity-
dc.subjectreligiosity-
dc.subjectrural-to-urban migration-
dc.titleMigrant workers in an era of religious revival: industrial capitalism, labour and Christianity in Shenzhen.-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailQian, J: jxqian@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityQian, J=rp02246-
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0305741019000766-
dc.identifier.hkuros302799-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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