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Words of Destiny

作者 Caterina Guenzi
出版社 Ingram International Inc
商品描述 Words of Destiny:,AstrologersplayanimportantroleinIndiansociety,butthereareveryfewstudiesontheirsocialidentityandprofessionalpractices.Basedonextensivefieldwo

內容簡介

內容簡介 Astrologers play an important role in Indian society, but there are very few studies on their social identity and professional practices. Based on extensive fieldwork carried out in the city of Banaras, Words of Destiny shows how the Brahmanical scholarly tradition of astral sciences (jyotiḥśāstra) described in Sanskrit literature and taught at universities has been adapted and reformulated to meet the needs and questions of educated middle and upper classes in urban India: How to get a career promotion? How to choose the most suitable field of study for children? When is the best moment to move into a new house? The study of astrology challenges ready-made assumptions about the boundaries between "science" and "superstition," "rationality" and "magic." Rather than judging the validity of astrology as a knowledge system, Caterina Guenzi explores astrological counseling as a social practice and how it "works from within" for both astrologers and their clients. She examines the points of view of those who use astrology either as a way of earning their living or as a means through which to solve problems and make decisions, concluding that, because astrology combines mathematical calculations and astronomical observations with ritual practices, it provides educated urban families with an idiom through which modern science and devotional Hinduism can be subsumed.

作者介紹

作者介紹 Caterina Guenzi is Associate Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and member of the Center for South Asian Studies in Paris. Her previous books are available in their French editions.

商品規格

書名 / Words of Destiny
作者 / Caterina Guenzi
簡介 / Words of Destiny:,AstrologersplayanimportantroleinIndiansociety,butthereareveryfewstudiesontheirsocialidentityandprofessionalpractices.Basedonextensivefieldwo
出版社 / Ingram International Inc
ISBN13 / 9781438482019
ISBN10 /
EAN / 9781438482019
誠品26碼 /
尺寸 / 22.6X14.7X2.8CM
重量(g) / 861.8
語言 / 3:英文
尺寸 / 22.6X14.7X2.8CM
裝訂 / H:精裝
頁數 / 402
級別 / N:無

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