Converts to Civil Society: Christianity and Political Culture in Contemporary Hong Kong

Converts to Civil Society: Christianity and Political Culture in Contemporary Hong Kong

By: Lida V. Nedilsky (author)Hardback

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Lida V. Nedilsky captures the public ramifications of a personal, Christian faith at the time of Hong Kong's pivotal political turmoil. From 1997 to 2008, in the much-anticipated reintegration of Hong Kong into Chinese sovereignty, she conducted detailed interviews of more than fifty Hong Kong people and then followed their daily lives, documenting their involvement at the intersection of church and state. Citizens of Hong Kong enjoy abundant membership options, both social and religious, under Hong Kong's free market culture. Whether identifying as Catholic or Protestant, or growing up in religious or secular households, Nedilsky's interviewees share an important characteristic: a story of choosing faith. Across the spheres of family and church, as well as civic organizations and workplaces, Nedilsky shows how individuals break and forge bonds, enter and exit commitments, and transform the public ends of choice itself. From this intimate, firsthand vantage point, Converts to Civil Society reveals that people's independent movements not only invigorate and shape religious community but also enliven a wider public life.

About Author

Linda V. Nedilsky is Professor of Sociology at North Park University. Ethnography enables her engagement with the world, whether as a researcher in Hong Kong or as a citizen of Chicago.


Introduction 1. A Question of Competence 2. Conversion to Christianity 3. Conversion to Civil Society 4. The Work of Civil Society 5. Passing the Torch 6. The Question of Convergence Conclusion

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781481300322
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 239
  • ID: 9781481300322
  • weight: 544
  • ISBN10: 1481300326

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