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Author Junker, Andrew, author

Title Becoming activists in global China : social movements in the Chinese diaspora / Andrew Junker, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019
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Contents Cover; Half-title page; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I Thinking Comparatively; 1 Protest Made in Global China; Falun Gong as a Modern Social Movement; Can a Religious Movement be a "Social Movement"?; Variations in Social Movement-ness; 2 Comparing Falun Gong and Minyun as Movements; Minyun and Falun Gong: Resurgent Traditions after Mao; Global China as Contentious Context; Money Matters and Other Conventional Explanations; 3 The Forgotten Importance of Falun Gong
6 Overseas Minyun: Democracy through Bureaucracy, Factionalism, and Asylum BrokeringDiaspora 1989 versus Diaspora 1999; A Brief History of Overseas Minyun; A Transnational Trigger for the 1989 Student Movement; Minyun Organizational Form; Factionalism; Asylum Brokering; Comparative Implications; Part III Making Social Movements in Diaspora; 7 Publics, Proselytizing, and Protest: Tactical Repertoires Compared; Studying Tactical Repertoires: Research Design and Sources; Coding Repertoires; Findings; Comparing the Minyun and Falun Gong Tactical Repertoires
Falun Gong and the Rise of the Chinese Security StateFalun Gong and Hong Kong's Article 23; Part II The Cases; 4 Falun Gong: Qigong Fad, New Religion, Protest Movement; Falun Gong as Qigong Fad; Falun Gong as New Religion; Falun Gong as Protest Movement; Conclusion; 5 Falun Gong's History of "Stepping Forward"; A Certified Master; 1996-1999: Contention and Accumulated Bargains; April 1999: The Turning Point; Repression and Resistance in China; Repercussions for the Religious Movement; Resistance in Diaspora; The De-politicizing Turn; Conclusion
Repertoires, Publics, and the Social MovementMinyun's Collective Action in China; Falun Gong's Collective Action in China; 8 Clarifying Truth and Saving Souls; What is "Political" Anyway?; From Redemption to Public Activism; Saving Souls; Politics and Soteriology in Activism; Conclusion; 9 Conclusion; More Moments in Diaspora Protest; Big Implications; Final Remarks; Appendix Research Design, Methods, and Sources; Ethnographic Fieldwork; Minghui Website; Protest Event Trends; References; Index
Summary Becoming Activists in Global China is the first purely sociological study of the religious movement Falun Gong and its resistance to the Chinese state. The literature on Chinese protest has intensively studied the 1989 democracy movement while largely ignoring opposition by Falun Gong, even though the latter has been more enduring. This comparative study explains why the Falun Gong protest took off in diaspora and the democracy movement did not. Using multiple methods, Becoming Activists in Global China explains how Falun Gong's roots in proselytizing and its ethic of volunteerism provided the launch pad for its political mobilization. Simultaneously, diaspora democracy activists adopted practices that effectively discouraged grassroots participation. The study also shows how the policy goal of eliminating Falun Gong helped shape today's security-focused Chinese state. Explaining Falun Gong's two decades of protest illuminates a suppressed piece of Chinese contemporary history and advances our knowledge of how religious and political movements intersect
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Falun Gong (Organization)
Chinese -- Political activity -- Foreign countries.
Democratization -- China.
Protest movements -- China.
Social movements -- China.
Transnationalism -- Political aspects -- China.
China -- History -- Tiananmen Square Incident, 1989.
China -- Politics and government -- 1976-2002.
China -- Politics and government -- 2002-
Form Electronic book
ISBN 110862250X (electronic bk.)
9781108622509 (electronic bk.)