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"The book is timely, and introduces a whole new generation of serious dream workers unfettered by ideological loyalties and regressive news of the dream. It deals with an important but relatively unexplored dimension of dreaming consciousness. I found the book refreshing and stimulating. I hope it will chart a new direction for dream studies." -- Montague Ullman, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
This multidisciplinary volume examines the cultural and social relevance of dream studies, looking at various ways that the field can contribute to the resolution of the modern West's most troubling social issues. The essays offer novel insights on education, sexual abuse, ecology, crime, race, gender, religion, politics, death, and cross-cultural conflict. The contributors argue that the study of dreams can provide valuable resources to regain a vibrant, trustworthy sense of moral and spiritual orientation in life.
Kelly Bulkeley is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Study of Dreams, and teaches at the Graduate Theological Union at University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of The Wilderness of Dreams: Exploring the Religious Meanings of Dreams in Modern Western Culture, also published by SUNY Press, and Spiritual Dreaming.
Table of Contents
Introduction Kelly Bulkeley
I. Dreams and Social Reform
1. Dreams and Social Responsibility: Teaching a Dream Course in the Inner-City Jane White-Lewis
2. The 55-Year Secret: Using Nightmares to Facilitate Psychotherapy in a Case of Childhood Sexual Abuse Marion A. Cuddy and Kathryn E. Belicki
3. Seeking the Balance: Do Dreams Have a Role in Natural Resource Management Herbert W. Schroeder
II. Dreams and Dialogues with "Others"
4. Reflections on Dreamwork with Central Alberta Cree: An Essay on an Unlikely Social Action Vehicle Jayne Gackenbach
5. Black Dreamers in the United States Anthony Shafton
6. Sex, Gender, and Dreams: From Polarity to Plurality Carol Schreier Rupprecht
III. Dreams, Spirituality, and Modernity
7. Traversing the Living Labyrinth: Dreams and Dreamwork in the Psychospiritual Dilemma of the Postmodern World Jeremy Taylor
8. Invitation at the Threshold: Pre-Death Spiritual Experiences Patricia Bulkley
9. Western Dreams about Eastern Dreams Wendy Doniger
IV. Dreams and Critical Reflections on "Our" Culture
10. Political Dreaming: Dreams of the 1992 Presidential Election Kelly Bulkeley
11. Healing Crimes: Dreaming Up the Solution to the Criminal Justice Mess Bette Ehlert
12. Let's Stand Up, Regain Our Balance, and look Around at the World Johanna King