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Qigong Fever Body, Science, and Utopia in China

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ISBN-10: 0231140665

ISBN-13: 9780231140669

Edition: 2007

Authors: David A. Palmer, Michael J. Dwyer

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Qigong mdash;a regimen of body, breath, and mental training exercisesmdash;was one of the most widespread cultural and religious movements of late-twentieth-century urban China. The practice was promoted by senior Communist Party leaders as a uniquely Chinese healing tradition and as a harbinger of a new scientific revolution, yet the movement's mass popularity and the almost religious devotion of its followers led to its ruthless suppression. In this absorbing and revealing book, David A. Palmer relies on a combination of historical, anthropological, and sociological perspectives to describe the spread of the qigongcraze and its reflection of key trends that have shaped China since 1949, including the search for a national identity and an emphasis on the absolute authority of science. Qigongoffered the promise of an all-powerful technology of the body rooted in the mysteries of Chinese culture. However, after 1995 the scientific underpinnings of qigongcame under attack, its leaders were denounced as charlatans, and its networks of followers, notably Falungong, were suppressed as "evil cults." According to Palmer, the success of the movement proves that a hugely important religious dimension not only survived under the CCP but was actively fostered, if not created, by high-ranking party members. Tracing the complex relationships among the masters, officials, scientists, practitioners, and ideologues involved in qigong, Palmer opens a fascinating window on the transformation of Chinese tradition as it evolved along with the Chinese state. As he brilliantly demonstrates, the rise and collapse of the qigongmovement is key to understanding the politics and culture of post-Mao society.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/27/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

David A. Palmer is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and fellow of the Centre for Anthropological Research at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Qigong Fever: Body, Science, and Utopia in China, among other books.

He practices architecture & interior design in New York City & elsewhere. He has written on the history of American architecture for Traditional Building & The Classicist.

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
The Birth of Modern Qigong, 1949-64
Political Networks and the Formation of the Qigong Sector
The Grandmasters
Qigong Scientism
Qigong Fever
Controversy and Crisis
Control and Rationalisation
Militant Qigong: The Emergence of Falungong
Falungong Challenges the CCP
Epilogue: The Collapse of the Qigong Movement
Conclusion
On the Sources Used for this Study
Bibliography
Index