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Grassroots Charisma

Four Local Leaders in China, 1st Edition

By Stephan Feuchtwang, Wang Mingming


224 pages

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This book relates the stories of four leaders under very different political regimes: Colonial, Nationalist and Communist. The authors compare Chinese notions of respect and inspiration with their equivalents in other religious and political histories of colonial and post-colonial modernity, thereby producing a thorough re-working of the idea of charisma. The result is an intriguing study of the relationship between religious and political authority in a changing world.


'This is a fascinating book to read and will remain useful for a long time to come for both university students and researchers in the field.' - The Journal of Asian Studies

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Charisma

Part 1: Meifa

3. Meifa and its Festivals

4. Revolution, Fortune, and Respect: Darkface (Wansheng) 5. Revitalisation of Meifa's identity

Part 2: Shiding

6. Shiding and its Temple

7. Writing and Inspiration: Darkwood (Wumu)

8. The Location of Face: Lin Qingbiao

9. Reform and Refinement: Gao Bineng's Face

10. Gao Bineng at 90, his Authority and the New Politics of Taiwan

Part 3: Conclusions

11. Charisma in Shiding and Meifa

12. The Dispersal of Charisma under a National Canopy

About the Series

Routledge Studies on China in Transition

The spectacular economic development of China has raised many questions about its future. China in Transition participates in the intellectual developments by focusing on social, political and cultural change in the China of the 1990s and beyond. Drawing on new research from scholars in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, this series is invaluable in monitoring reform and interpreting the consequences for China, its neighbours and the West.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General