1st Edition

Grassroots Charisma Four Local Leaders in China

By Stephan Feuchtwang, Wang Mingming Copyright 2002
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    Feuchtwang, Stephan; Mingming, Wang

    '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