Feuchtwang, Stephan

Professor Emeritus Stephan Feuchtwang  


Position held

Emeritus Professor


Experience keywords:

Chinese civilisation and modernity; making urban places in Taiwan and China; planning, community governance and residents' response in Chinese cities; religious and political charisma in Taiwan and China; transmission of events of state violence in Germany, China and Taiwan over three generations

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Ongoing research includes: Charisma: the links between religious and political charisma, and the distinction between good, accountable and responsive, and bad, coercive charismatic leadership. Making places: the way in which spaces are turned into places by local actors, historically and in everyday, regular activities; the urbanisation of villages and Chinese urban residents' responses to government planning and community formation. Transmission of loss due to state violence: distinguishing between targeted mass violence and untargeted violence, the result of social indifference, and how such events are recorded and transmitted through different media.

Comparing civilisations: the concept of civilisation as shared material culture and the formation of moral persons, overlapping with other civilisations; how to compare them and how to write their history in continuous long-term irreversible changes; their contemporary representation in different modernising projects. Temporalities: how people live, act in and combine several simultaneous senses and trajectories of time, as these cross between civilisations, and negotiate different material formations of temporality. Regimes of visibility and invisibility: the politics of making authority visible and of shielding authority from visibility; display and secrecy of different aesthetic, scientific, ritual and cosmological kinds of knowledge and their politics.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Berlin; China; Germany; Taiwan


Chinese [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; French [Spoken: N/A, Written: Intermediate]; German [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: N/A]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6241



Feuchtwang, Stephan (2017) Comparison against theory, context without concept HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 7 (1). 529-532. ISSN 2049-1115

Feuchtwang, Stephan and Steinmüller, Hans (2017) China in comparative perspective World Scientific, London, UK. ISBN 9781786342386


Feuchtwang, Stephan (2012) Chinese civilisation in the present Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 13 (2). 112-127. ISSN 1444-2213

Cohen, Jerome A. (2011) Justice in comparative perspective Taiwan in Comparative Perspective, 3 (S). ISSN 1752-7732

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2011) Afterword: Re-writing culture in Taiwan In: Shih, Fang-Long and Thompson, Stuart and Tremlett, Paul-François, (eds.) Re-Writing Culture in Taiwan. Asia's Transformations. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415602938

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2011) After the event: the transmission of grievous loss in Germany, China and Taiwan Berghahn Books, London, UK. ISBN 9780857450869

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2011) Exhibition and awe: regimes of visibility in the presentation of an emperor Journal of Material Culture, 16 (1). 64-79. ISSN 1359-1835


Feuchtwang, Stephan (2010) Recalling the Great Leap Famine and recourse to irony In: Zhang, Everett and Kleinman, Arthur and Tu, Weiming, (eds.) Governance of Life in Chinese Moral Experience: the Quest for an Adequate Life. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415597197

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2010) Re-evaluating the long term: civilisation and temporalities In: Garrow, Duncan and Yarrow, Thomas, (eds.) Archaeology and Anthropology: Understanding Similarity, Exploring Difference. Oxbow Books, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781842173879

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2010) Corrections of double vision Critique of Anthropology, 30 (1). 94-101. ISSN 0308-275X

Feuchtwang, Stephan and Rowlands, Michael and Mingming, Wang (2010) Some Chinese directions in anthropology Anthropological Quarterly, 83 (4). 897-926. ISSN 0003-5491

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2010) The anthropology of religion, charisma and ghosts: Chinese lessons for adequate theory Religion and Society, 46. De Gruyter, Berlin, Germany. ISBN 9783110223552


Feuchtwang, Stephan (2009) Civilisation and temporalities: examples from China Zhongguo Renleixue Pinglun (Chinese Review of Anthropology), 12. 38-52.

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2009) India and China as spiritual nations: a comparative anthropology of histories Social Anthropology, 17 (1). 100-108. ISSN 0964-0282

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2009) The transmission of traumatic loss: a case study from Taiwan In: Argenti, Nicolas and Schramm, Katharina, (eds.) Remembering Violence: Anthropological Perspectives on Intergenerational Transmission. Berghahn Books, London, UK. ISBN 9781845456245

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2009) Afterword: Traitors: suspicion, intimacy, and the ethics of state-building In: Thiranagama, Sharika and Kelly, Tobias, (eds.) Traitors: Suspicion, Intimacy, and the Ethics of State-Building. University of Pennsylvania Press, Pennsylvania, US, 227-240. ISBN 9780812242133


Feuchtwang, Stephan and Shih, Fang-Long (2008) Taiwan in comparative perspective Taiwan in Comparative Perspective, 2. ISSN 1752-7732

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2008) History and the transmission of shared loss: the great leap famine in china and the Luku incident in Taiwan In: Sautedé, Eric, (ed.) History and Memory: Present Reflections on the Past to Build Our Future. Macau Ricci Institute Studies (5). Macau Ricci Institute, Macao, China, 163-189. ISBN 9789993794707

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2008) Disruption, commemoration and family repair In: Brandtstädter, Susanne and Santos, Gonçalo D., (eds.) Chinese Kinship: Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives. Routledge Contemporary China Series. Routledge, London, 223-245. ISBN 9780415456975

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2008) Suggestions for a redefinition of charisma Nova Religio, 12 (2). 90-105. ISSN 1092-6690

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2008) Centres and margins: the organisation of extravagance as self-government in China In: Pine, Frances and Pina-Cabral, João de, (eds.) On the Margins of Religion. Berghahn Press, Oxford, UK, 135-153. ISBN 9781845454098


Feuchtwang, Stephan and Shih, Fang-Long (2007) Taiwan in comparative perspective Taiwan in Comparative Perspective, 1. ISSN 1752-7732

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2007) Belonging to what? Jewish mixed kinship and historical disruption in Twentieth-Century Europe In: Carsten, Janet, (ed.) Ghosts of Memory: Essays on Remembrance and Relatedness. Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 9781405154239

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2007) On religious ritual as deference and communicative excess Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 13 (1). 57-72. ISSN 1359-0987


Feuchtwang, Stephan (2006) Memorials to injustice In: Bell, Duncan, (ed.) Memory, Trauma and World Politics: Reflections on the Relationship Between Past and Present. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 176-194. ISBN 0230006566

Shih, Fang-Long and Feuchtwang, Stephan and Tremlett, Paul-François (2006) The formation and function of the category “religion” in anthropological studies of Taiwan Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 18 (1). 37-66. ISSN 0943-3058


Feuchtwang, Stephan (2005) Mythical moments in national and other family histories History Workshop Journal, 59 (1). 179-193. ISSN 1363-3554


Feuchtwang, Stephan, ed (2004) Making place: state projects, globalisation and local responses in China UCL Press, London, UK. ISBN 1844720101

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2004) Theorising place In: Feuchtwang, Stephan, (ed.) Making Place: State Projects, Globalisation and Local Responses in China. UCL Press, London, 3-33. ISBN 9781844720101


Feuchtwang, Stephan (2003) An unsafe distance In: Stafford, Charles, (ed.) Living With Separation in China: Anthropological Accounts. RoutledgeCurzon, London and New York, 85-112.

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2003) Peasants, democracy and anthropology: questions of local loyalty Critique of Anthropology, 23 (1). 93-120. ISSN 0308-275X


MacDonald, Judith and Bartlett, Rima and Feuchtwang, Stephan (2002) Appreciations of Sir Raymond Firth Anthropology Today, 18 (5). 20-23. ISSN 0268-540X

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2002) Remnants of revolution in China In: Hann, C, (ed.) Postsocialism: Ideals, Ideologies, and Practices in Eurasia. Routledge, London, 196-215. ISBN 0415262585

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2002) Tales of territoriality: the urbanisation of Meifa village, China. Études Rurales (163-16). 249-266. ISSN 0014-2182


Feuchtwang, Stephan (2001) Popular religion in China: the imperial metaphor 1st, Routledge Curzon, London. ISBN 9780700714216

Feuchtwang, Stephan and Mingming, Wang (2001) Grassroots charisma: four local leaders in China Routledge studies on China in transition. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415244183


Feuchtwang, Stephan (2000) Reinscriptions: commemoration and the transmission of histories and memories under modern States in Asia and Europe In: Radstone, Susannah, (ed.) Memory and Methodology. Berg Publishers, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781859732960


Feuchtwang, Stephan (1999) Religion as resistance In: Chinese Society: Change, Conflict and Resistance. Routledge, London, 161-177. ISBN 0415223342

Feuchtwang, Stephan (1999) The threat to care: working at the margins of fear and uncertainty In: Responding to Drug Use Amongst Black and Other Visible Minority Communities. Cahiers T3E (5). T3E, Beauvais, France.

Feuchtwang, Stephan (1999) Spiritual recovery: a spirit-writing shrine in shifting under Japanese rule Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, 88. 63-90. ISSN 0001-3935


Feuchtwang, Stephan (1993) Chinese race-nation Anthropology Today, 9 (1). 14-15. ISSN 0268-540X

Feuchtwang, Stephan (1993) Historical metaphor: a study of religious representation and the recognition of authority Man, 28 (1). 35-49. ISSN 0025-1496


Feuchtwang, Stephan (1991) Popular religion in China: the imperial metaphor Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780700713851

Feuchtwang, Stefan and Baker, Hugh, eds (1991) An old state in new settings : studies in the social anthropology of China in memory of Maurice Freedman JASO occasional papers (8). Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford, Oxford, UK. ISBN 1870047400


Feuchtwang, Stephan (1987) The anti-racist challenge to anthropology in the U.K. Anthropology Today, 3 (5). 7-8. ISSN 0268-540X


Feuchtwang, Stephan (1985) Fanon's politics of culture: the colonial situation and its extension Economy and Society, 14 (4). 451-473. ISSN 0308-5147


Feuchtwang, Stephan (1982) Occupational ghettos Economy and Society, 11 (3). 251-291. ISSN 0308-5147


Feuchtwang, Stephan (1974) A comment on Meillassoux and some notions about an agricultural state Journal of Peasant Studies, 1 (3). 379-385. ISSN 0306-6150

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