Conjuring Hope: Magic and Healing in Contemporary Russia

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Berghahn Books, 2006 - Medical - 251 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Marketing Magic
23
Ontologies Rituals
53
Magic as Management of Emotions
81
Constructing Charisma from
113
Healing Power and
137
Spells and Their Use
170
The Magic of Business and the Fostering of Hope
199
Epilogue
228
Index
245
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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

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