Worship, technology and identity: A deaf protestant congregation in urban China

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This paper analyses a hearing-impaired Protestant community in urban China and explores the extent to which this particular community has its own contextualised Protestant message centred on understandings of sin as a disability. The construction of this message is based on a shared identity as both Deaf and Protestant and is mediated through a shared practice of signing and a common written language (Chinese). Circulation of this message is facilitated by technology and social media. Based on ethnographic data generated in a Deaf congregation in Yantai, Shandong province, I argue that while the message of this particular group is highly contextualised, the community has both national and transnational ties, linking it to a range of Protestant groups both within and outside mainland China. This paper furthers our understanding of how Christian identity is shaped in contemporary China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-237
Number of pages18
JournalStudies in World Christianity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019
EventYale-Edinburgh Conference: Scripture, Prayer and Worship in the History of Missions and World Christianity - New College, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Jun 201830 Jun 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • sign language
  • Chinese Sign Language
  • Deaf education
  • Deaf culture
  • Protestantism
  • worship
  • technology
  • identity
  • China


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