Among All These Dreamers

Essays on Dreaming and Modern Society

Edited by Kelly Bulkeley

Subjects: Psychology Of Religion
Series: SUNY series in Dream Studies
Paperback : 9780791429303, 259 pages, July 1996
Hardcover : 9780791429297, 259 pages, July 1996

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Table of contents


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

13. Conclusion
Kelly Bulkeley

List of Contributors



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.


"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