The Sage and the People: The Confucian Revival in China

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Oxford University Press, 2015 - Religion - 332 pages
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After a century during which Confucianism was viewed by academics as a relic of the imperial past or, at best, a philosophical resource, its striking comeback in Chinese society today raises a number of questions about the role that this ancient tradition--re-appropriated, reinvented, and sometimes instrumentalized--might play in a contemporary context.

The Sage and the People, originally published in French, is the first comprehensive enquiry into the "Confucian revival" that began in China during the 2000s. It explores its various dimensions in fields as diverse as education, self-cultivation, religion, ritual, and politics. Resulting from a research project that the two authors launched together in 2004, the book is based on the extensive anthropological fieldwork they carried out in various parts of China over the next eight years. Sébastien Billioud and Joël Thoraval suspected, despite the prevailing academic consensus, that fragments of the Confucian tradition would sooner or later be re-appropriated within Chinese society and they decided to their hypothesis. The reality greatly exceeded their initial expectations, as the later years of their project saw the rapid development of what is now called the "Confucian revival" or "Confucian renaissance".

Using a cross-disciplinary approach that links the fields of sociology, anthropology, and history, this book unveils the complexity of the "Confucian Revival" and the relations between the different actors involved, in addition to shedding light on likely future developments.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
 The Confucian Revival in China as an Educative Project
15
 The Religious Dimension of Confucianism
107
 Between Rites and Politics
173

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Sébastien Billioud holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies (2004) from University Paris-Diderot and is a Professor of Chinese studies at University Paris-Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité. Based on a cross-disciplinary approach in anthropology and intellectual history, his research explores the multi-faceted development of Confucianism during contemporary periods.

Joël Thoraval is a Senior Researcher at the Research Center on Modern and Contemporary China, School for Higher Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris. Specializing in anthropology and intellectual history, he has written extensively on contemporary Chinese philosophy and has completed several anthropological research projects in Southern China and Hainan. He has spent nearly 20 years in Eastern Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan) and is the former Head of EHESS's China Center.

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