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7 Globalization vs. Localization: Remaking the Cult of Confucius in Contemporary Quzhou

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This chapter investigates the revival of the cult of Confucius in the author hometown Quzhou 衢州 since 2005. Confucius' statues are on display in many significant places, such as the central park, campuses of schools, and colleges; passages from Confucius' life story and the Lunyu 论语, a collection of his sayings and conversations with pupils and rulers of his day, are also being displayed on public sites, such as on bridges and the city wall. The chapter focuses on the concrete case of the cult of Confucius in Quzhou to find out how these different agendas are linked and negotiated against a background that is both local and international. One of the author main questions is: does the revitalization of Confucian traditions aim at the globalization of Confucianism, as propagated on many international and national occasions by modern Chinese Confucians?

Keywords: Confucian traditions; globalization; localization; Quzhou



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