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ERIC Number: EJ996251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2725
Doing Ideology amid a Crisis: Collective Actions and Discourses of the Chinese Falun Gong Movement
Chan, Cheris Shun-ching
Social Psychology Quarterly, v76 n1 p1-24 Mar 2013
Based on an interactionist framework, this article examines how followers of a contemporary Chinese religious movement, Falun Gong, deal with a crisis situation and sustain their conviction in the absence of their charismatic leader. Data were collected during a yearlong ethnography of the Falun Gong in Chicago and Hong Kong. The findings reveal that followers experienced cognitive dissonance as a result of the Chinese authorities' suppression and their leader's disappearance. To cope with the external and internal threats, they engaged in frequent collective actions and discourses. These collective exercises allowed them to act out their shared ideology, reaffirm their ideological mentality, and activate their ideological passion. Through interaction and collective interpretation, followers not only reconstructed meanings out of the confusion, they also romanticized the charisma of their missing leader. This article asserts the critical role of doing ideology in sustaining a movement and integrates an interactionist, social psychological approach into the literature of social movements. (Contains 12 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong; Illinois