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Authoritarian containment : public security bureaus and Protestant house churches in urban China

Author: Marie-Eve Reny
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Oxford University Press, [2018]
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In Authoritarian Containment, Marie-Eve Reny examines why local public security bureaus tolerate unregistered Protestant churches in urban China--an officially atheist country where religious practice is controlled by the state--when the central government considers them illegal. She argues that local states tolerate these churches to contain the underground practice of Protestantism. Containment necessitates a  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Reny, Marie-Eve, author.
Authoritarian containment
New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017051193
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marie-Eve Reny
ISBN: 9780190698089 019069808X
OCLC Number: 1007507941
Awards: Winner of Winner of the American Political Science Association's Best Book Award from the Religion and Politics Section.
Description: viii,171 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Explaining authoritarian containment --
Informal protestantism in China and local government toleration --
Why public security bureaus contain Protestant house churches --
Everyday forms of containment --
Containment and authoritarian regime resilience --
Containment across authoritarian landscapes.
Responsibility: Marie-Eve Reny.

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In Authoritarian Containment, Marie-Eve Reny examines why local public security bureaus tolerate unregistered Protestant churches in urban China--an officially atheist country where religious practice is controlled by the state--when the central government considers them illegal. She argues that local states tolerate these churches to contain the underground practice of Protestantism. Containment necessitates a bargain between informal religious organizations and the state. Even though they are not regulated, unregistered churches are allowed to operate conditionally, so long as church leaders keep a low profile, share information as needed with local authorities, and agree that the state will not grant them formal institutional recognition. Reny also considers authoritarian regimes other than China that employ a similar strategy to control informal religious communities. She focuses on two Middle East cases-President Sadat's control of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1970s Egypt and the Jordanian monarchy's containment of jihadi Salafists after 2006. By reducing the incentives for local religious leaders to politicize and inducing such leaders to willingly provide inside information, governments can avoid the heavy hand of coercion and forceful co-optation. Based on extensive fieldwork, Authoritarian Containment offers insight into the way authoritarian regimes neutralize underground religious leaders and discourage opposition to the state.

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