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Chapter 3: Remaking the self: spirituality, civilization and the Chinese quest for the good life in the reform era
Self-cultivation, both spiritual and physical, but practiced neither as a member of a religious organization nor as formal ritual, is the subject of this chapter. It describes key examples, the exercise of qi forces’ circulation and concentration, including Falonggong, Crazy English language studies by public shouting, success studies in business and by employees, and body–heart–soul health cultivation. They are examples of crazes, or ‘fevers’, that exist as networks of meetings and their charismatic gurus. Their popularity is the counterpart and at degrees of variance from that promoted by governmental campaigns, starting with socialist spiritual civilization and the raising of the quality of the population.
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