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Contemporary religious movements in Taiwan : rhetorics of persuasion

Author: Kai-Ti Chou
Publisher: Lewiston : Edwin Mellen Press, ©2007.
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Presents a study of the recruitment strategies and conversion rhetoric in contemporary religious movements, focusing primarily on two movements in Taiwan, Tzu Chi and Falun Gong. This work  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kai-Ti Chou
ISBN: 9780773452411 0773452419
OCLC Number: 191009855
Description: vi, 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Defining contemporary religions --
Defining new adherents --
The book's approach --
The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation and the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association as case studies --
Appropriate access --
Role of the researcher --
Fantasy-theme analysis --
An alternative to secularisation theory --
Outline of the study --
Religion in Chinese/Taiwanese society --
Religion in Chinese/Taiwanese society --
The dominance of Confucian political theology --
Folk religion --
The weak position of institutional religion --
Taiwanese religions and modern society : the impact of modernisation --
The rise of civil society : a social structural change --
The changing mentality --
Religious secularisation and Chinese society --
The crisis and change in religious communication --
The Tzu Chi Buddhist foundation as traditional religious revivalism --
The profile of Tzu Chi : first impressions --
The operation of the organisation --
Apparent identity --
Heterogeneity --
Marketing --
The approach of cultivation : the path of Bodhisattva --
The idea of "Buddhism in the human realm" --
Great love --
The importance of practice --
The atmosphere of a congregation --
Adoration of Master Cheng Yen --
Paternalism --
Wenqing Zhuyi --
Self-pride --
Cosmetology of Tzu Chi --
The four noble truths : suffering --
The idea of karma --
Reincarnation --
Retribution --
Summary : Tzu Chi as a Buddhist revival --
Falun Gong as a new religious movement --
The profile of Falun Gong --
A loosely organised organisation --
Health benefit attractions --
Strong commitment --
Homogeneity vs. heterogeneity : a sociological observation --
The cultivation approach : both mind and body --
Qigong practice --
Heritage of the Daoist religion : one master and mantra of practice --
Studying the dharma (xuefa) --
Asceticism --
Getting rid of attachments : a Buddhist idea --
The necessity of tribulation --
The idea of regimen --
The atmosphere of a congregation --
Self-pride : "cultivator" as an idiolect --
Egocentricity --
Apocalypse --
Cosmology --
The structure of the universe --
The war between good and evil forces --
Summary : a new religious syncretism --
Tzu Chi and Falun Gong's rhetorical visions and their implications --
The phenomena of shared fantasies --
The fantasy theme of the discourse --
Theme of setting : the sacred vs. the profane --
Theme of character --
Plot --
The sanctioning agent : crisis --
Discourse fantasy type --
Tzu Chi's fantasy types --
Falun Gong's fantasy types --
Tzu Chi and Falun Gong's rhetorical visions --
The hall of mirrors --
The implications of rhetorical visions --
The sociolinguistic implications of rhetorical visions --
The explanatory power of rhetorical vision and the theories of conversion --
Why do Tzu Chi and Falun Gong's rhetorical visions not attract everyone? --
Conclusion --
Conclusion, reflections and suggestions --
Summary --
Observant reflection and reflexivity --
Suggestions.
Responsibility: Kai-Ti Chou ; with a foreword by Philip S. Alexander.
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