Popular Protest and Social Justice in China, Past and Present

1976N [CRN: 25662]

This course examines the role that Chinese cosmological and popular religious beliefs had, first, in the formation of concepts of social justice and, second, in shaping popular protest movements throughout Chinese history. The course begins with an exploration of early concepts of cosmic and social justice and an examination of how these concepts are expressed in selected pre-21st century popular uprisings; and then moves on to study a range of contemporary protest movements--against environmental degradation, government corruption, religious restrictions, and so forth--and their social and political significance for the future development of China. Enrollment limited to 20. E
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