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China's Green ReligionDaoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future$
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James Miller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175869

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175869.001.0001

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From Modernity to Sustainability

From Modernity to Sustainability

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(p.133) 7 From Modernity to Sustainability
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China's Green Religion
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James Miller

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231175869.003.0007

Modernity tends to frame religion as private spirituality and nature as objective materiality, each divorced from the other. Sinological scholarship on Daoism has tended to work within this framework and as a result has produced understandings of Daoism based on the categories of religion, philosophy, nature and culture that are external to the tradition itself. An alternative to the ordering framework of modern scholarship on China and Chinese religions is scholarship produced from a paradigm of sustainability.

Keywords:   Modernity, Sustainability, Ecocriticism, Sinology, Ecotheory, Religious Studies

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