China's Green Religion: Daoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future

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Columbia University Press
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6.2 X 0.7 X 9.0 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
James Miller is professor of Chinese studies and director of the interdisciplinary graduate program in cultural studies at Queen's University in Canada. He is the author of The Way of Highest Clarity (2008) and Daoism: A Beginner's Guide (2008) and the editor of Chinese Religions in Contemporary Societies (2006), Religion and Ecological Sustainability in China (2014), and Daoism and Ecology (2001).
James Miller's book is a rich and deeply informed exploration of the relationships of Daoist religion and philosophy with nature and the environment. Miller discusses Daoist principles in new and exciting ways, often related to current ecological and ecocritical topics. He applies Daoist principles to current problems and possible futures, arguing that Daoism could help us develop not only sustainability but also flourishing. This is an important book with new and exciting ideas for environmentalists and citizens.--Eugene Anderson, University of California, Riverside
There is perhaps no scholar in the West who could have written such a valuable book on the contributions of Daoism to ecological thought and practice in China. Meticulously researched and clearly written, this is a book that will indispensable for academics and policy makers alike who are concerned about China's future.--Mary Evelyn Tucker, Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University
One of the most imaginative new books to come out of the West's engagement with Daoism.--New York Review of Books
This book presents a novel interpretation of Daoism as a 'green religion' that can transcend its premodern, Chinese origins and offer to the world a distinctive ecological orientation of wider relevance. Miller is arguably the world's leading scholar of Daoism and the environment, and China's Green Religion makes a striking and important contribution to the field of religion and ecology.--Bronislaw Szerszynski, Lancaster University
This book breaks new ground and may serve as a model for more sophisticated engagements with Daoism in terms of ecology. It is at the cutting edge of Daoist Studies.--Louis Komjathy, Associate Professor of Chinese Religions and Comparative Religious Studies at the University of San Diego
Miller contributes a perspective that is grounded in careful research, related to contemporary issues, and inspiring as a lifeway for modern humans. This is the kind of interdisciplinary scholarship and experience that students long for from a teacher, something quite rare in the study of Chinese religions, where specialists tend to be highly trained Sinologists who do not often have the ability to make connections across disciplines. In this regard, Miller is clearly unusual. China's Green Religion demonstrates a high degree of Sinological training, but also ecocritical breadth. Most significantly, Miller has the ability to engage contemporary ecological questions in a clear and accessible manner. I trust this book will be widely read and used in academia and well beyond.--Mary Evelyn Tucker "JAAR "
This book is worth reading for the general student of Daoism. It also makes insightful reading for anyone drawn to alternative theoretical treatments of social issues.--Hal Swindall "China Review International "