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World of Goods Towards an Anthropology of Consumption

ISBN-10: 0415130476
ISBN-13: 9780415130479
Edition: 2nd 1996 (Revised)
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Description: In this pioneering work, a leading anthropologist & an economist join forces to bridge the gap between what anthropologists know about why objects are desired and what economists say about consumption behaviour.

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Book details

List price: $55.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/16/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

In this pioneering work, a leading anthropologist & an economist join forces to bridge the gap between what anthropologists know about why objects are desired and what economists say about consumption behaviour.

Born in Italy, Mary Douglas was educated at Oxford University and began her career as a civil servant in 1943. Her first field research was carried out in what was then the Belgian Congo and she taught at Oxford and the University of London before moving to the United States in 1977. Purity and Danger (1966) is an essay about the logic of pollution beliefs, suggesting that ideas about dirt and disorder outline and reinforce particular social orders. Her other essays exploring the implicit meanings of cultural symbols follow a similar Durkheimian format. Her recent interests have turned to analysis of risk behavior and cross-cultural attitudes about food and alcohol.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction to 1996 Edition
Goods as an Information System
Why People Want Goods
Why They Save
The Uses of Goods
Exclusion, Intrusion
The Technology of Consumption
Consumption Periodicities
Implications for Social Policy
Separate Economic Spheres in Ethnography
International Comparisons
Consumption Classes
Control of Value
Notes
Index

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