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Emerging in China in the early 1990s, Falun Gong is viewed by its supporters as a folk movement promoting the benefits of good health and moral cultivation. To the Chinese establishment, however, it is a dissident religious cult threatening political orthodoxy and national stability. The author, a Chinese national once involved in implementing Chinese cultural policies, examines the evolving relationship between Falun Gong and Chinese authorities in a revealing case study of the powerful public discourse between a pervasive political ideology and an alternative agenda in contention for cultural dominance. Posited as a cure for culturally bound illness with widespread symptoms, the Falun Gong movement's efficacy among the marginalized relies on its articulation of a struggle against government sanctioned exploitation in favor of idealistic moral aspirations. In countering such a position, the Chinese government alleges that the religious movement is based in superstition and pseudoscience. Aided by her insider perspective, the author deftly employs Western rhetorical methodology in a compelling critique of an Eastern rhetorical occurrence, highlighting how authority confronts challenge in postsocialist China.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Series Editor’s Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. One: The Rise of Falun Gong
  2. pp. 8-31
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  1. Two: Challenging Contemporary Political Culture: Falun Gong’s Departure from Marxist Materialism, Authoritarianism, and Scientism
  2. pp. 32-50
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  1. Three: Why Is Falun Gong Popular?
  2. pp. 51-68
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  1. Four: As Powerful as Weapons: The Use of Tropes as Ideological Instruments
  2. pp. 69-81
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  1. Five: “Wildfire won’t wipe it out—Spring wind blows it back”: The Transfiguration of the Political Sensibility of the Chinese People
  2. pp. 82-104
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 105-116
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 117-136
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 137-140
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781611172072
Print ISBN
9781570039874
MARC Record
OCLC
826659831
Pages
152
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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