Falun Gong's Challenge to China

Spiritual Practice Or "evil Cult"? : a Report and Reader


Author: Danny Schechter

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9781888451276

Category: History

Page: 287

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Schechter's groundbreaking exploration of the Falun Gong crisis in China remains the only book-length investigative report on the subject. The New York Times recently described Schechter's book as a 'persuasive analysis of this strange and still unfolding story', and the Village Voice says that 'Schechter's answers are a fiery condemnation of China's government, complete with first-person reports from imprisoned Falun Gong members, propoganda reports, and writings by exiled Falun Gong leader Li Hongzhi'.

Sovereignty Under Challenge

How Governments Respond


Author: John Dickey Montgomery,Nathan Glazer

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412834858

Category: Political Science

Page: 402

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Sovereignty-the authority of a state to wield ultimate power over its territory, its citizens, its institutions-is everywhere undergoing change as states respond in various ways to the challenges posed, from above and below. "Above" the state is the widening net of international institutions and treaties dealing with human rights, trade, investment, and monetary affairs; and "below" it are rising claims within states from long-resident groups discontented with the political order and from new migrants testing its authority. Sovereignty under Challenge deals with a range of such challenges and responses, analyzed in authoritative studies by leading scholars. The introductory chapter sets forth the theme that sovereignty is asserted clearly, but often unpredictably, when governments respond to challenge. It suggests ways of classifying these responses as variables that help explain the changing nature of sovereignty. Part 1, "The Citizen and the State," treats the rising tide of dual citizenship and the concerns this arouses in the United States; the work of national human rights commissions in Asia; and the challenge posed to the state by the Falungong movement in China. The two chapters in Part 2, "The Government as Decision-Maker," examine Japan's response to global warming and the problems of the World Health Organization in orchestrating collaboration among Southeast Asian states in implementing infectious disease control. Part 3, "Sovereignty and Culture," looks at conflicts engendered by outside change on indigenous economic, cultural, and legal institutions in India, Fiji, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The chapters in Part 4, "Sovereignty and the Economy," analyze the economic and cultural instability induced by Chinese migration to Russia's far east; the impact on state sovereignty brought about by transnational regulatory campaigns and social activism; the question of indigenous land rights in the Philippines; and the impact of transnational corporations on information technology in Asia. A concluding chapter offers a global assessment of the current status of state sovereignty. John D. Montgomery, director of the Pacific Basin Research Center of Soka University of America, is also Ford Foundation Professor of International Studies, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He is the author of Forced to Be Free, The Artificial Revolution in Germany and Japan, The Politics of Foreign Aid: American Experience in Southeast Asia, and Aftermath: Tarnished Outcomes of American Foreign Policy. Nathan Glazer is Professor of Education and Sociology, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He is co-editor of the journal The Public Interest and the author most recently of The Limits of Social Policy and We Are All Multiculturists Now.

Politik und Bedeutung

Studien zu den kulturellen Grundlagen politischen Handelns und politischer Institutionen


Author: Werner Rossade,Birgit Sauer,Dietmar Schirmer

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3322992462

Category: Political Science

Page: 322

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Das Besondere dieser Publikation liegt in dem Bemühen um eine Kultur-Politologie, zu der zunächst im ersten Teil einige grundsätzliche Gesichtspunkte umrissen werden: "Kultur" in der Politikwissenschaft, symbolische Politik und politisches Handeln, "Wohlfahrtskultur", Krieg in der Sicht politischer Ethnologie, Topik als Forschungsansatz. Die weiteren Teile sind mit den BürgerInnen in der repräsentativen Demokratie, konzeptionell und an besonderen Fällen mit Deutschland in Europa, schließlich mit globalen Erscheinungen politischer Kulturen befasst, deren wahrscheinliche Perspektiven der abschließende Beitrag untersucht. Die Thematik berührt sich vielfältig mit der Arbeit von Ralf Rytlewski, zu dessen 65. Geburtstag der Band erscheint.

Falun Gong in the United States

An Ethnographic Study


Author: Noah Porter

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 9781581121902

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

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Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, has been described in many ways. It has been called qigong, one of many schools of physical exercises that aim at improving health and developing supernatural abilities. Scholars and mainstream media have referred it to as a spiritual movement or religion, although practitioners claim it is not a religion. It has been called a cult, in the pejorative sense rather than in a sociological context, by the Chinese government and by some Western critics. In the writings of Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, it is referred to in different ways, though primarily as a cultivation practice. The question of how to define Falun Gong is not just an academic issue; the use of the cult label has been used to justify the persecution of practitioners in China. To a limited degree, the Chinese Government is able to extend the persecution overseas. How society defines Falun Gong has implications for action on the level of policy, as well as the shaping of social, cultural, and personal attitudes. This research project addresses what Falun Gong is through ethnography. Research methods included participant-observation, semi-structured ethnographic interviews (both in-person and on-line), and content analysis of text and visual data from Falun Gong books, pamphlets, and websites. Research sites included Tampa, Washington D.C., and cyberspace. In order to keep my research relevant to the issues and concerns of the Falun Gong community, I was in regular contact with the Tampa practitioners, keeping them abreast of my progress and asking for their input. My findings are contrary to the allegations made by the Chinese Government and Western anti-cultists in many ways. Practitioners are not encouraged to rely on Western medicine, but are not prohibited from using it. Child practitioners are not put at risk. Their organizational structure is very loose. Finally, the Internet has played a vital role in Falun Gong's growth and continuation after the crackdown.

Falun Gong

Spiritual Warfare and Martyrdom


Author: James R. Lewis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110869876X

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Falun Gong, founded by Li Hongzhi in 1992, attracted international attention in 1999 after staging a demonstration outside government offices in Beijing. It was subsequently banned. Followers then created a number of media outlets outside China focused on protesting the PRC's attack on the 'human rights' of practitioners. This volume focuses on Falun Gong and violence. Though the author notes accusations of how Chinese authorities have abused and tortured practitioners, the volume will focus on Li Hongzhi's teachings about 'spiritual warfare', and how these teachings have motivated practitioners to deliberately seek brutalization and martyrdom.

Contesting Media Power

Alternative Media in a Networked World


Author: Nick Couldry,James Curran

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742523852

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 319

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Contesting Media Power explores the worldwide growth of alternative media that challenge the power concentration in large media corporations. Media scholars and political scientists analyze alternative media in Australia, Chile, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Topics include independent media centers, gay online networks and alternative web discussion forums; feminist film, political journalism and social networks; indigenous communication and church-sponsored media. This important book will help shape debates on the media's role in current global struggles. Visit our website for sample chapters!


export/import : American civil justice in a global context


Author: DePaul University. College of Law

Publisher: N.A


Category: Law

Page: 506

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Contemporary Religious Movements in Taiwan

Rhetorics of Persuasion


Author: Kai-Ti Chou

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 309

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This study demonstrates that examining religious rhetoric has the potential to provide genuine insights into how a given religion manages, at a very basic level, to gain adherents. An over-emphasis on new religious movements, at the expense of revived traditional religions, has made it more difficult to correctly classify or identify the latter. This work contains a significant and detailed micro-qualitative study of two religious movements, Tzu Chi and Falun Gong, in Taiwan.

Breathing Spaces

Qigong, Psychiatry, and Healing in China


Author: Nancy N. Chen

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231502214

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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The charismatic form of healing called qigong, based on meditative breathing exercises, has achieved enormous popularity in China during the last two decades. Qigong served a critical social organizational function, as practitioners formed new informal networks, sometimes on an international scale, at a time when China was shifting from state-subsidized medical care to for-profit market medicine. The emergence of new psychological states deemed to be deviant led the Chinese state to "medicalize" certain forms while championing scientific versions of qigong. By contrast, qigong continues to be promoted outside China as a traditional healing practice. Breathing Spaces brings to life the narratives of numerous practitioners, healers, psychiatric patients, doctors, and bureaucrats, revealing the varied and often dramatic ways they cope with market reform and social changes in China.

Celebrity Gods

New Religions, Media, and Authority in Occupied Japan


Author: Benjamin Dorman

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press


Category: Religion

Page: 296

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Celebrity Gods explores the interaction of new religions and the media in postwar Japan. It focuses on the leaders and founders (kyoso) of Jiu and Tensho Kotai Jingu Kyo, two new religions of Japan's immediate postwar period that received substantial press attention. Jiu was linked to the popular prewar group Omotokyo, and its activities were based on the millennial visions of its leader, a woman called Jikoson. When Jiu attracted the legendary sumo champion Futabayama to its cause, Jikoson and her activities became a widely-covered cause c�l�bre in the press. Tensho Kotai Jingu Kyo (labeled odoru shukyo, "the dancing religion," by the press) was led by a farmer's wife, Kitamura Sayo. Her uncompromising vision and actions toward creating a new society--one that was far removed from what she described as the "maggot world" of postwar Japan--drew harsh and often mocking criticism from the print media. Looking back for precursors to the postwar relationship of new religions and media, Benjamin Dorman explores the significant role that the Japanese media traditionally played in defining appropriate and acceptable social behavior, acting at times as mouthpieces for government and religious authorities. Using the cases of Renmonkyo in the Meiji era and Omotokyo in the Taisho and Showa eras, Dorman shows how accumulated images of new religions in pre-1945 Japan became absorbed into those of the immediate postwar period. Given the lack of formal religious education in Japan, the media played an important role in transmitting notions of acceptable behavior to the public. He goes on to characterize the leaders of these groups as "celebrity gods," demonstrating that the media, which were generally untrained in religious history or ideas, chose to fashion them as "celebrities" whose antics deserved derision. While the prewar media had presented other kyoso as the antithesis of decent, moral citizens who stood in opposition to the aims of the state, postwar media reports presented them primarily as unfit for democratic society. Celebrity Gods delves into an under-studied era of religious history: the Allied Occupation and the postwar period up to the early 1950s. It is an important interdisciplinary work that considers relations between Japanese and Occupation bureaucracies and the groups in question, and uses primary source documents from Occupation archives and interviews with media workers and members of religious groups. For observers of postwar Japan, this research provides a roadmap to help understand issues relating to the Aum Shinrikyo affair of the 1990s.

Global sociology


Author: Robin Cohen,Paul Kennedy

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814716847

Category: Political Science

Page: 584

View: 9297

The second edition of this pioneering text,Global Sociology, offers an innovative approach to sociology that takes the global dimensions of the contemporary world as its overarching framework. Fully revised and updated with a new Introduction and three new chapters,Global Sociologyis written in a fresh and relevant style for undergraduate readers whether they have studied sociology before or are approaching the subject for the first time.Carefully balancing contemporary sociological theory and concepts with arguments and concrete examples drawn from around the globe,Global Sociologyhighlights the scope and the importance of sociology for understanding the complex and ever-changing world around us. This new edition reflects current world events and debates in the discipline, importantly covering the aftermath of September 11, the new terrorist threat, and the impact of globalization.

Books in Print


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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Books in print is the major source of information on books currently published and in print in the United States. The database provides the record of forthcoming books, books in-print, and books out-of-print.

Congressional Record

Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress


Author: United States. Congress

Publisher: N.A


Category: Law

Page: N.A

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The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873)