Idol Worship in Chinese Society: A Psychological Approach

1st Edition

Xiaodong Yue, Chau-kiu Cheung

Published October 30, 2018
Reference - 182 Pages
ISBN 9780415788861 - CAT# Y319249
Series: Routledge Studies in Asian Behavioural Sciences

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This book introduces psychosocial studies of idol worship in Chinese societies. It reviews how idol worship is perceived in Chinese culture, history, and philosophy as well as how it differs from the concept of celebrity worship that is more dominant in Western literature. Using a pioneering hexagonal model of idol worship, this book explains  how idol worship is affected by various demographic and dispositional variables as well as the cognitive and social functions of idols and idol worship. Finally, it discusses idol worship from a contemporary Chinese perspective, including emotional, interpersonal, and social learning aspects, and ends with a discussion of moral development perspective.

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