Journalist Ian Johnson, author of the bestseller The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, will join a PdD program with Philip Clart at the Leipzig University with a study on urban religion and civil society in China.
His research question:
Can urban Chinese folk religious organizations be considered examples of civil society? And if so how do they differ from classic examples of civil society suggested by scholars?
Ian Johnson on his Facebook page: ” It builds off the work I did for Souls of China, focusing in on one of the groups in the book (the Beijing pilgrims) and looking at it in a more in-depth and systematic way.”
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