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100 1  Yao, Weiming D 
245 12 A rhetorical analysis of Falungong in China:  Inheritance 
       of tradition, contemporary appeals, and challenge to the 
       social order 
300    205 p 
500    Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 65-
       10, Section: A, page: 3789 
500    Adviser:  John Lyne 
502    Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Pittsburgh, 2004 
520    This dissertation is a critical inquiry of Falungong's 
       beliefs, practices, and influences. Attention to given to 
       its inheritance of past tradition of Taoism and Buddhism, 
       its contemporary cultural, moral and sociological appeals,
       and its challenge to the social order in contemporary 
       China. Initially appearing to offer therapy to the 
       socially disadvantaged, Falungong's influences reach into 
       religion, sociology, political science, and medical 
       anthropology. In order to understand the movement in the 
       context of contemporary Chinese politics, the discussion 
       is carried out against the backdrop of Chinese political 
       culture 
520    This project is an interdisciplinary analysis that 
       synthesizes scholarship on Chinese history, religion, 
       political science, medical anthropology with rhetorical 
       criticism and public argument as the main analytical 
       tools. Li Hongzhi's writings and Falungong members' 
       testimonies are analyzed in order to glean the cultural, 
       political, and moral values behind their words. Editorials
       in the People's Daily, and the Chinese leadership's 
       speeches and documents are also discussed extensively to 
       illustrate how Falungong's argument with the Chinese 
       leadership over human rights, and, in particular, freedom 
       of belief is carried out discursively. Attempts are also 
       made to draw out implied meanings and significance to 
       uncover how historical, moral, and cultural forces 
       influence and shape the Falungong phenomenon 
520    Chapter one provides an introduction of Falungong's 
       beliefs and practices, its point of contention with the 
       Chinese leadership, its organizational systems, and its 
       cause of occurrence. Chapter two discusses how the 
       movement inherits from and uses in a creative manner 
       classical traditions in its contention with the Chinese 
       leadership by tracing its roots in Taoism, Buddhism, and 
       White Lotus. In chapter three, I uncover how Falungong and
       the Chinese leadership produce rhetorical discourses in a 
       contemporary setting informed by their interpretations of 
       disputed traditional values. In chapter four, I talk about
       Falungong's therapeutic role, its idealism, and its 
       formation of critical consciousness in members, which 
       constitute its contemporary sociological, cultural, and 
       moral appeals. As this contemporary spiritual dissident 
       movement is inherently linked to Chinese political culture,
       in chapter five, I explore the ideological foundations of 
       the Chinese leadership through its rhetorical expression, 
       as shaped by Marxist materialism, authoritarianism, and 
       scientism. I contend that Falungong makes a distinct 
       departure from these political values. In chapter six, I 
       provide discussions on Falungong's contribution to 
       humanism as a response to and a critique of Chinese 
       communist political culture 
590    School code: 0178 
590    DDC 
650  4 Language, Rhetoric and Composition 
650  4 Anthropology, Cultural 
690    0681 
690    0326 
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