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Exploring The Relationship Between Religion And Ethnicity In China

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According to the official registration records of the state Ministry of Civil Affairs, few community organizations exist in China below the county level. It would appear that China's civil society has not yet emerged at the grassroots level. In order to contribute to the understanding of the role of folk organizations within contemporary Chinese civil society, the authors conducted a case study of the Dragon Tablet Fair of Fan Zhuang village in Hebei Province. The case study shows that an initially vast physical, social, and cultural distance may be overcome at a much higher level (i.e. in more universalistic terms) through free association and organizational cooperation, and formerly isolated individuals, groups, and departments may find an effective means of communication. The case study also shows that the process of the actualization of universalistic principles has already begun, with remarkable results.

Keywords:China's civil society; community organizations; Dragon Tablet Fair; Fan Zhuang village; Hebei Province



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