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Readership: Students and scholars of Buddhism, American religion and culture, meditation
Jeff Wilson, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies, Renison University College, Waterloo University, Canada
Jeff Wilson is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies at Renison University College, Waterloo University.
"In this well-honed study, Jeff Wilson explores the mindfulness movement in the context of modern American religion and culture. As he does so, we are invited to reflect upon the multi-faceted phenomena of religious transformation, appropriation, and commodification of old world meditation techniques and new world realities. An engaging and enlightening read." - Jan Willis, author of Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist and Buddhist - One Woman's Spiritual Journey
Introduction: Waking Up in Mindful America
1. Mediating Mindfulness: How Does Mindfulness Reach America?
2. Mystifying Mindfulness: How is Mindfulness Made Available for Appropriation?
3. Medicalizing Mindfulness: How is Mindfulness Modified to Fit a Scientific and Therapeutic Culture?
4. Mainstreaming Mindfulness: How is Mindfulness Adapted to Middle-Class Needs?
5. Marketing Mindfulness: How is Mindfulness Turned into a Commercial Product?
6. Moralizing Mindfulness: How is Mindfulness Related to Values and Worldviews?
Postscript: Making Sense of Mindfulness