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David A. Palmer, Glenn Shive, and Philip L. Wickeri

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731398

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731398.001.0001

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Spirituality in a Modern Chinese Metropolis

Spirituality in a Modern Chinese Metropolis

(p.13) 1 Spirituality in a Modern Chinese Metropolis
Chinese Religious Life

Lizhu Fan

James D. Whitehead

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the spirituality of the urban residents of Shenzhen, a new city just across the border from Hong Kong. As a prosperous metropolis with little history and no tradition, inhabited almost exclusively by migrants from other parts of China, Shenzhen offers clues on the future of religion in a hypermodern, urban Chinese context. The chapter shows how Shenzhen residents actively turn to China's spiritual heritage to give moral meaning to their lives in a competitive market economy.

Keywords:   Shenzhen, spirituality, moral capital, social capital, Buddhism, urban anthropology, vegetarianism

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