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Global Capital, Local Conservation, and Ecological Civilization: The Tiejia Ecology Temple and the Chinese Daoist Association’s Green Agenda

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Cultural Studies Program, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON K7L3N6, Canada
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Arts and Humanities Division, Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan 215316, China
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Religions 2019, 10(10), 580; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10100580
Received: 31 August 2019 / Revised: 13 October 2019 / Accepted: 14 October 2019 / Published: 17 October 2019
Since 1995, the Chinese Daoist Association (CDA) has pursued a green agenda through the publication of declarations, statements and an eight year plan. This agenda has been aided in part by its engagement with global environmental discourse as mediated in particular by the Alliance for Religions and Conservation (ARC). Through its collaboration with ARC and a Dutch businessman, Allerd Stikker, the CDA built its first “ecology temple” in Shaanxi Province and convened its first ecological conference there. Analysis of these declarations and activities reveals an increasing globalization and juridification of environmental discourse in Chinese Daoist temples. In this way the issue of ecology presents further opportunities for the CDA, and by extension the Communist Party of China (CPC), to enhance their supervision of local religious activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: Daoism; ecology; conservation; ecological civilization Daoism; ecology; conservation; ecological civilization
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Lemche, J.; Miller, J. Global Capital, Local Conservation, and Ecological Civilization: The Tiejia Ecology Temple and the Chinese Daoist Association’s Green Agenda. Religions 2019, 10, 580.

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