Is green the new red? The role of religion in creating a sustainable China


Journal Article

The Chinese Daoist Association has embarked upon an ambitious agenda to promote Daoism as China's "green religion". This new construction of a "green Daoism" differs, however, from both traditional Chinese and modern Western interpretations of the affinity between Daoism and nature. In promoting Daoism as a green religion, the Chinese Daoist Association is not aiming to restore some mythical utopia of humans living in harmony with nature, but instead to support a nationalist agenda of patriotism and scientific development. At the same time, as I shall argue, this agenda may deliver positive benefits in the form of protecting the local environments around important sacred sites that are located in areas of outstanding natural beauty.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Miller, J

Published Date

  • November 7, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 249 - 264

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-5468

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1558-6073

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3167/nc.2013.080302

Citation Source

  • Scopus