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Diviners with membership and certificates: an inquiry into the legitimation and professionalisation of Chinese diviners

Li, Geng


In wrestling with the precariousness of their legitimacy and reputation, diviners in China have developed their own approaches to legitimating and professionalising their business and occupation. This paper discusses the strategy of incorporating the occupation of divination into modern knowledge production and expert systems by forming academic associations and purchasing professional certificates. Diviners’ imitation of professionalism is interpreted as a struggle towards gaining...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
DOI: 10.1080/14442213.2015.1032999


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