Catholics and Everyday Life in Macau: Changing Meanings of Religiosity, Morality and Civility

1st Edition

Chen Hon-Fai

Routledge
February 1, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 196 Pages - 34 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367183158 - CAT# K416437
Series: Routledge Religion in Contemporary Asia Series

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Summary

Catholicism has had an important place in Macau since the earliest days of Portuguese colonization in the sixteenth century. This book, based on extensive original research including in-depth interviews, examines in detail the everyday life of Catholics in Macau at present. It outlines the tremendous societal pressures which Macau is currently undergoing – sovereignty handover and its consequences, the growth of casinos and tourism and the transformation of a serene and somewhat obscure colony into a vibrantly developing city. It shows how, although the formal structures of Catholicism no longer share in rule by the colonial power, and although formal religious observance is declining, nevertheless the personal piety and ethical religious outlook of individual Catholics continue to be strong, and have a huge, and possibly increasing, impact on public life through the application of personal religious ethics to issues of human rights and social justice and in the fields of education and social services.

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