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“It's the people here”: A study of ritual, conversion, and congregational life among Chinese Christians


2008 2008

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This is an examination of congregational life among Chinese Christians in New England. The study primarily focuses on (1) the attractions of Chinese congregational life for members and recruits, (2) the process of conversion and the social and organizational context in which it occurs, and (3) the implications of the study for conceptual models of conversion and church growth.

Previous research on Chinese Christians has largely addressed cultural and identity issues regarding conversion to what is for the Chinese a foreign religion, as well as the social and political context of increased Chinese openness toward Christianity, especially among Chinese from the People's Republic of China. The existing literature addresses the attractions of Chinese churches, but there has been little effort to systematically compare among such attractions. Employing multiple methods (survey, informal interviews, and participant observation), this study focuses on how Chinese congregational life's attractiveness depends largely upon the relationship between three factors: social context, Chinese Protestant ideology, and interaction rituals. The findings presented here suggest that conversion is best supported when these three factors are isologous (or "in sync").

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Subject
Religion;
Sociology;
Minority & ethnic groups;
Religious congregations;
Christians;
Asian Americans
Classification
0318: Religion
0626: Sociology
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0631: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology, Social sciences, Chinese, Chinese Christians, Christians, Congregation, Congregational life, Conversion, Religion, Ritual
Title
“It's the people here”: A study of ritual, conversion, and congregational life among Chinese Christians
Author
Abel, Andrew Stuart
Number of pages
375
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 69/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549794554
Advisor
Demerath, N. J., III
Committee member
Cohen, Alvin P.; Model, Suzanne
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Sociology
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3325322
ProQuest document ID
304567081
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304567081
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