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Useful opium?: On 'adapted religion' and 'harmony' in contemporary China
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Oriental Languages.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Contemporary China, ISSN 1067-0564, E-ISSN 1469-9400, Vol. 19, no 67, 949-969 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Pragmatism has been a leading feature of Communist Party policies since Mao Zedong's death. The attitude to religion has been something of an exception with many restrictions to the freedom of religion stipulated in the constitution. In recent years, while stressing the 'harmonious society', there has been a change in the view of religion. Recognizing the 'spiritual vacuum' in China after Mao, the party has seen the need for a controlled spiritual development that could also support the economic development. However, in this process the party has tried to control not only religious activity but also religious content and to use it for its own purposes. This is in direct opposition to Marx and Lenin's views on 'religion as opium' and indicates that the party is de facto using 'a reversed opium theory'.

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2010. Vol. 19, no 67, 949-969 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-28946DOI: 10.1080/10670564.2010.508594ISI: 000283315300009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-28946DiVA: diva2:228067
Available from: 2009-07-23 Created: 2009-07-23 Last updated: 2011-11-23Bibliographically approved

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