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

Geng Li

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    Abstract

    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 membership of modern society. The efforts of diviners to seek legitimacy also provide an opportunity to observe how a marginalised social group whose behaviour is generally stigmatised justifies their role in society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)244-259
    JournalThe Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
    Volume16
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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