Compte rendu : The Sage and the People: The Confucian Revival in China

Sun, Anna. [Book review of]  Sébastien Billioud, Sebastien and Joël Thoraval, The Sage and the people : the confucian revival in China (Oxford, Oxford university press, 2015). Journal of Chinese Religions, vol. 45, n° 2, 2017, pp. 197-199. DOI : 10.1080/0737769X.2017.1369710. URL : http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0737769X.2017.1369710 (consulté le 3 octobre 2017)

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This is a superb volume for anyone interested in the complex developments of popular Confucianism in contemporary Chinese society. Based on ten years of meticulous empirical research, Sébastien Billioud and Joël Thoraval have produced a brilliant, informative, and intellectually engaging account of the current Confucian revival. It is a substantial text full of intriguing ethnographic details and extensive scholarly references. Reading the book feels like taking a long journey with Billioud and Thoraval, two erudite French scholars of Confucianism and Chinese history, from Beijing to Qufu, from Hong Kong to Taipei, looking for traces of contemporary Confucian experiences in many different spheres of life and exploring them with not only keen anthropological attention but also a deep historical consciousness […]

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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