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Article: Embodying Utopia: Charisma in the Post-Mao Qigong Craze

TitleEmbodying Utopia: Charisma in the Post-Mao Qigong Craze
Authors
Issue Date2008
PublisherUniversity of California Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.ucpress.edu/journals/nr/
Citation
Nova Religio, 2008, v. 12 n. 2, p. 69-89 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article discusses the dynamics of charismatic religious movements through the case of the qigong craze, which was the largest mass spiritual/religious movement in urban China in the 1980s and 1990s, until the banning of Falun Gong in 1999. Charisma can be apprehended at three levels: as the embodied experience of individuals; as the emotional affect between masters and followers; and as a collective movement within a macro-social context. This article examines the articulation between these three dimensions of the charismatic phenomenon, tracing how, through breathing and meditation exercises, the masters teaching them and the organizations promoting them, charismatic experiences could be generated within and between millions of individual bodies and articulated with utopian expectations at a specific juncture of modern Chinese history. The emic notion of qi as an objectified power that can be experienced, manipulated, and produced is discussed, showing how it both facilitated the emergence of charisma but prevented its consolidation, leading groups based on qi experiences towards post-charismatic outcomes of commodification, radicalization or traditionalization.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/59833
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dc.contributor.authorPalmer, DAen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-31T03:58:19Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-31T03:58:19Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_HK
dc.identifier.citationNova Religio, 2008, v. 12 n. 2, p. 69-89en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1092-6690-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/59833-
dc.description.abstractThis article discusses the dynamics of charismatic religious movements through the case of the qigong craze, which was the largest mass spiritual/religious movement in urban China in the 1980s and 1990s, until the banning of Falun Gong in 1999. Charisma can be apprehended at three levels: as the embodied experience of individuals; as the emotional affect between masters and followers; and as a collective movement within a macro-social context. This article examines the articulation between these three dimensions of the charismatic phenomenon, tracing how, through breathing and meditation exercises, the masters teaching them and the organizations promoting them, charismatic experiences could be generated within and between millions of individual bodies and articulated with utopian expectations at a specific juncture of modern Chinese history. The emic notion of qi as an objectified power that can be experienced, manipulated, and produced is discussed, showing how it both facilitated the emergence of charisma but prevented its consolidation, leading groups based on qi experiences towards post-charismatic outcomes of commodification, radicalization or traditionalization.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherUniversity of California Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.ucpress.edu/journals/nr/-
dc.relation.ispartofNova Religioen_HK
dc.rightsNova Religio. Copyright © University of California Press.-
dc.rightsPublished as Nova Religio, 2008, v. 12 n. 2, p. 69-89. © [2008] by [the Regents of the University of California/Sponsoring Society or Association]. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by [the Regents of the University of California/on behalf of the Sponsoring Society] for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® on [Caliber (http://caliber.ucpress.net/)] or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center, http://www.copyright.com-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleEmbodying Utopia: Charisma in the Post-Mao Qigong Crazeen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailPalmer, DA: palmer19@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityPalmer, DA=rp00654en_HK
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1525/nr.2008.12.2.69-
dc.identifier.hkuros162850en_HK
dc.identifier.volume12-
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage69-
dc.identifier.epage89-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000262715000005-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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