Paper Information

Journal:   RAHBORD   WINTER 2010 , Volume 18 , Number 53 (SPECIAL ISSUE FOR CULTURA AND SOCIAL STUDIES); Page(s) 161 To 191.
 
Paper: 

THE STUDY OF TENDENCY FOR SUPERSTITION AMONG TEHRAN'S CITIZENS

 
 
Author(s):  FOROUGHI ALI, ASGARI MOGHADAM REZA
 
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Abstract: 
There are some beliefs among the popular culture throughout the world which are considered to be superstitions based on the criteria of modern thinking. Despite, their supposed negative meaning, superstitions are those beliefs that are indefensible scientifically and empirically but they can motivate or inhibit the society regarding a particular subject. Therefore, due to the open and latent functions of theses beliefs in the modern societies, discussing them is of great importance.
Relying upon prevalent beliefs in the popular culture, this article tries to find their determining factors by using the techniques of social surveys. The obtained results show that those people who have closer relation with modernism, rationalism, scienticim and empiricism (those with higher education, longer stay in big cities, etc) have less tendency for superstitious beliefs. Also, men less than women and the inhabitants of the district one less than those of the other districts of Tehran have a tendency for such beliefs.
 
Keyword(s): SUPERSTITIONS, SUPERSTITIOUS BEHAVIOR, PUBLIC CULTURE, TEHRAN'S CITIZENS
 
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