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.
Galina Lindquist was born in Russia, and trained as anthropologist in Sweden. She received her degree at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Stockholm, for the study of urban shamans in Scandinavia. Since then she has done work in medical anthropology and anthropology of religion, with a special focus on folk religious and healing practices. Her other areas of interest are play, ritual, and anthropology of consciousness.
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