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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Mary Douglas's anthropology of dirt, sin, and risk is an excellent read that breaks down the traditional demarcation between "modern" and "primitive" society and religion. She offers lots and lots and ... Read full review

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Have recently begun this book. Looks very promising, "...revealing ... wide-range impact on our attitudes to society, values, cosmology, and knowledge. This book has been hugely influential in many ... 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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