Dream Trippers: Global Daoism And The Predicament Of Modern Spirituality by David A. PalmerDream Trippers: Global Daoism And The Predicament Of Modern Spirituality by David A. Palmer

Dream Trippers: Global Daoism And The Predicament Of Modern Spirituality

byDavid A. Palmer, Elijah Siegler

Paperback | November 27, 2017

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Over the past few decades, Daoism has become a recognizable part of Western “alternative” spiritual life. Now, that Westernized version of Daoism is going full circle, traveling back from America and Europe to influence Daoism in China.
Dream Trippers draws on more than a decade of ethnographic work with Daoist monks and Western seekers to trace the spread of Westernized Daoism in contemporary China. David A. Palmer and Elijah Siegler take us into the daily life of the monastic community atop the mountain of Huashan and explore its relationship to the socialist state. They follow the international circuit of Daoist "energy tourism," which connects a number of sites throughout China, and examine the controversies around Western scholars who become practitioners and promoters of Daoism. Throughout are lively portrayals of encounters among the book’s various characters—Chinese hermits and monks, Western seekers, and scholar-practitioners—as they interact with each other in obtuse, often humorous, and yet sometimes enlightening and transformative ways. Dream Trippers untangles the anxieties, confusions, and ambiguities that arise as Chinese and American practitioners balance cosmological attunement and radical spiritual individualism in their search for authenticity in a globalized world.
David A. Palmer is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hong Kong. Elijah Siegler is professor of religious studies at the College of Charleston.
Title:Dream Trippers: Global Daoism And The Predicament Of Modern SpiritualityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:November 27, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


1 The Subject
2 The Mountain
3 The Trippers
4 The Cloud Wanderers
5 The Encounters
6 The Scholar-Practitioners
7 The Predicament
Epilogue: The Cosmic Orgasms

Appendix: Methodological Issues
Glossary of Chinese Terms

Editorial Reviews

“A fascinating, insightful, and at times quite amusing work. What makes Dream Trippers especially interesting and valuable is its acute attention to the contradictions and ambiguities of the cross-cultural history, definition, relevance, practice, and meaning of Daoism as lived today in a hyper-materialistic China and in a hyper-individualistic United States.”