ISBN-10:
1845450930
ISBN-13:
9781845450939
Pub. Date:
12/01/2005
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Conjuring Hope: Healing and Magic in Contemporary Russia / Edition 1

Conjuring Hope: Healing and Magic in Contemporary Russia / Edition 1

by Galina LindquistGalina Lindquist
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Overview

Notions of magic and healing have been changing over past years and are now understood as reflecting local ideas of power and agency, as well as structures of self, subjectivity and affect. This study focuses on contemporary urban Russia and, through exploring social conditions, conveys the experience of living that makes magic logical. By following people’s own interpretations of the work of magic, the author succeeds in unraveling the logic of local practice and local understanding of affliction, commonly used to diagnose the experiences of illness and misfortune.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845450939
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2005
Series: Epistemologies of Healing , #1
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Galina Lindquist (1955-2008) was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University. She received her Ph.D. in 1998, and did fieldwork among neo-shamans in Sweden, among alternative healing practitioners and patients in Moscow, and among shamans and lamas in Tyva, Southern Siberia. She authored Conjuring Hope: Healing and Magic in Contemporary Russia (2006), The Quest for the Authentic Shaman: Multiple Meanings of Shamanism on a Siberian Journey (2006), co-edited four volumes, and published numerous articles in professional journals.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1. Marketing Magic

Chapter 2. Magic as Semiotic Changes: Ontologies, Rituals and Terms of Affliction

Chapter 3. Magic as Management of Emotions

Chapter 4. The Icons of Power: Constructing Charisma from the Means at Hand

Chapter 5. Charisma of the Office: Healing Power and Biomedical Legitimacy

Chapter 6. The Unspeakable Emotions: Spells and Their Use in Working Life

Chapter 7. The Magic of Business and the Fostering of Hope

Epilogue

Bibliography

Index

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