New Agents and New Ethos of Daoism in China Today.

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TitleNew Agents and New Ethos of Daoism in China Today.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsYang, D. - R.
JournalChinese Sociological Review
Pagination48 - 64
Date Published2012///Winter201
PublisherM.E. Sharpe Inc.
ISBN Number21620555
KeywordsChina, CONSUMPTION (Economics), DEMOCRATIC centralism, MARKETING, Taoism, ZHONGGUO gong chan dang

This paper aims to challenge the old perceptions about the structure and dynamics of Daoism in Chinese society informed by a legal/institutional perspective. Based on three case-studies that were conducted recently, the hierarchical, cybernetic scheme-like mapping of Daoism is not valid anymore since the advent of the twenty-first century. There are many new types of agents coming in and playing very active roles in this social sphere, which effectively blurs the old boundaries that characterize its previous contour. Corresponding to the arrival of these new agents, the central dynamics of Daoism and its articulation with the wider society appears to have drifted away from political/ideological control toward economic/commercial development. Despite the persistence of a repressive regulatory framework, the daily practices and discourses constituting this social sphere are now mainly driven and organized by the production, marketing, and consumption of the symbolic things relating to Daoism. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Chinese Sociological Review is the property of M.E. Sharpe Inc. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)