Purity and Danger

ISBN-10: 0415289955
ISBN-13: 9780415289955
Edition: 2002
Authors: Mary Douglas
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Description: In this text Mary Douglas identifies the concern for purity as a key theme at the heart of every society. She explains its relevance for every reader by revealing its wide-ranging impact on our attitudes to society, values, cosmology and knowledge.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

In this text Mary Douglas identifies the concern for purity as a key theme at the heart of every society. She explains its relevance for every reader by revealing its wide-ranging impact on our attitudes to society, values, cosmology and knowledge.

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.

Acknowledgements
Preface to the Routledge Classics Edition
Introduction
Ritual Uncleanness
Secular Defilement
The Abominations of Leviticus
Magic and Miracle
Primitive Worlds
Powers and Dangers
External Boundaries
Internal Lines
The System at War with Itself
The System Shattered and Renewed
Bibliography
Index

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