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Qigong Fever


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This is a pathbreaking study, elegantly written and meticulously researched. It constitutes the first thorough analysis of qigong and its many mutations between state and society in China and offers an original interpretation of the suppression of the Falungong movement in 1999. Qigong Fever is indispensable to the field of Chinese studies but also to the more general topics of religion and modernity. -- Frank Dikotter, School of Oriental and African Studies, author of The Discourse of Race in Modern China Critically important; an exemplary piece of scholarship. Quite simply, if one does not understand the qigong movement in all its complexity, then one cannot understand post-1949 China. David A. Palmer has built the foundation upon which all future conversations on this subject will be built. -- Marlowe Hood, Agence France Presse

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Acknowledgments Abbreviation Introduction1. The Birth of Modern Qigong, 1949-642. Political Networks and the Formation of the Qigong Sector3. The Grandmasters4. Qigong Scientism5. Qigong Fever6. Controversy and Crisis7. Control and Rationalisation8. Militant Qigong: The Emergence of Falungong9. Falungong Challenges the CCPEpilogue: The Collapse of the Qigong Movement ConclusionAppendix: On the Sources Used for this Study Bibliography Index

About the Author

David A. Palmer is adjunct professor of anthropology and religious studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and research fellow at the Ecole Francaise d'Extreme-Orient. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne, Paris) and was the Eileen Barker Fellow in Religion and Contemporary Society at the London School of Economics.


"A powerful historical, political, cultural, and sociological analysis of the Qigong movement and its relationship to the state... Essential." -Choice" -- Choice "A brilliant piece of scholarship... it is to be hoped that this excellent book reaches a wide readership." -- David Ownby, Pacific Affairs "The most comprehensive volume published on the Qigong movement in contemporary China." -- Gareth Fisher, Journal of Chinese Religions, Vol. 35 (2007)

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