Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo

Front Cover
Taylor & Francis, Sep 6, 2003 - 272 pages
19 Reviews
In Purity and Danger Mary Douglas identifies the concern for purity as a key theme at the heart of every society. In lively and lucid prose she explains its relevance for every reader by revealing its wide-ranging impact on our attitudes to society, values, cosmology and knowledge. The book has been hugely influential in many areas of debate - from religion to social theory. But perhaps its most important role is to offer each reader a new explanation of why people behave in the way they do. With a specially commissioned introduction by the author which assesses the continuing significance of the work thirty-five years on, this Routledge Classics edition will ensure that Purity and Danger continues to challenge and question well into the new millennium.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
7
4 stars
2
3 stars
6
2 stars
4
1 star
0

Review: Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo

User Review  - Phoenix2 - Goodreads

An easy to read book that explanes everything about the pollution and taboos in societies. Read full review

Review: Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo

User Review  - Rebecca Lartigue - Goodreads

Yeah, my reading's been all over the map this summer: Vikings and Old French romance and Roman emperors and Emily D., oh my! Now anthropology and the "nonfiction novel" that Capote claims to have ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Mary Douglas (1921-). One of the most distinguished anthropologists of modern times. Natural Symbols, another of her major works, is also available in Routledge Classics.

Bibliographic information