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Catholics and everyday life in Macau
Staff Publications
  • Hon Fai CHEN, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Document Type
Book
Publication Date
3-1-2017
Publisher
Routledge
Disciplines
Abstract
Catholicism has had an important place in Macau since the earliest days of Portuguese colonisation 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 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 service.
ISBN
9780415715935
Citation Information
Chen, H. F. (2017). Catholics and everyday life in Macau. London: Routledge.