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Toward an understanding of the prosperity of Protestantism in contemporary China.

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dc.contributor.advisor Mitchell, William A., 1940-
dc.contributor.author Xie, Xiaheng.
dc.date.copyright 2011-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2104/8292
dc.description.abstract This dissertation answered the question: How did Protestantism survive and even flourish in contemporary China under the pressure of rigid religious policies issued by the atheist Chinese government? Three sociological theoretic frameworks were applied to test in the Chinese case: demand-side model developed from Weberian tradition, supply-side model incorporating economic model, and consideration of religious regulation. In a modernizing world, external factors are indispensible in this discussion, such as urbanization and globalization. This dissertation therefore analyzed the prosperity of Protestantism in contemporary China from three perspectives: individuals at micro-level as the demand-side, Protestant institutions at meso-level as the supply-side, and government regulations and other factors at macro-level as social context. This dissertation employed literature review, theoretical inference, and personal interviews as research methodology trying to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of Protestantism in contemporary China. It reached the conclusion that the prosperity of Protestantism is a multi-dimensional phenomenon, and cannot be appropriately interpreted without taking all aspects into account. en_US
dc.publisher en
dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Protestantism. en_US
dc.subject Contemporary China. en_US
dc.title Toward an understanding of the prosperity of Protestantism in contemporary China. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en_US
dc.contributor.department Church and State. en_US
dc.contributor.schools Baylor University. Institute of Church-State Studies. en_US


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