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

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Taylor & Francis, Sep 6, 2003 - 272 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Agathe Schwaar - Goodreads

One of the most important you need to have on your book shelf if you are interesting in Anthropology. Read full review

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User Review  - saizine - Goodreads

Some faults in methodology (Chapter 3, 'The Abominations of Leviticus'), but these are acknowledged in the foreword to the 2002 edition (underlining the need to read around the work itself when ... Read full review

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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.

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