ABSTRACT

This book critically examines the larger world of astrology in India, its ubiquity and relationship with religion, and its impact on economy, gender, class, religion, and caste.

It looks at astrology through an empirical and phenomenological lens, analyzing different meanings and questions associated with it. How do people see astrology—as magic, science, religion, or a knowledge system? The volume analyses the role of astrology in religious and social ceremonies; the interplay of faith and fear; beliefs, practices, mysticism, and skepticism in middle class households; and, gendered negotiations in everyday life. It also delves into how astrology has emerged as a livelihood and an industry, the continued fascination with it even in an era of technological advancement, and its domination of the vernacular media.

Insightful and highly comprehensive, this book will be useful for scholars and researchers of sociology, political sociology, social anthropology, anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies and urban Sociology.

1.Introdcution 2. Astrology and fluid boundaries of the field 3. Understanding the system of Astrology 4. Words of the Practitioners: Astrologers and operational Astrology 5. Middle class households: Beliefs, Practices and Refutation 6. Mediated Astrology in precarious times 7. Conclusion