Daniel Mohseni Kabir Bäckström
Religious Ecology and Sinofuturism
Religious studies and modernities in contemporary Chinese discourse
edition cathay, vol. 73
2019; 105 pages
Religious ecology theory has fast become one of the most important theories within contemporary Chinese religious studies, praised by high ranking government officials involved in religious policy and promoted in the publications of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the country’s most influential think tank and research centre. Despite its importance in China, discussions of religious ecology theory outside of China have remained scarce. Religious Ecology and Sinofuturism represents the most extensive research on the theoretical framework of religious ecology to date, presenting a detailed discussion of key texts and analysing the novel way in which it re-imagines the future of religion in China. This book will appeal to all readers interested in Chinese religious studies, the contemporary promotion of popular and Chinese religions, the threats facing Chinese Christians, and visions of time, tradition, and modernity in the People’s Republic.
Daniel Mohseni Kabir Bäckström is currently employed by Stockholm University where he completed his MA degrees in religious studies and Chinese. He has previously conducted research on powerful tattooing among the Blang and Tai-lue in southern Yunnan, and has an ongoing interest in the relationship between religion, state and modernity in the PRC.