Purity and danger

an analysis of concepts of pollution and taboo
  • 220 Pages
  • 3.33 MB
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  • English
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Penguin , Harmondworth
Taboo, Purity, R
Statement[by] Mary Douglas.
SeriesPelican books
Classifications
LC ClassificationsGN494 .D6 1970
The Physical Object
Pagination220 p.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5730030M
ISBN 100140211500
LC Control Number70509051

The most surprising thing about reading Mary Douglas's anthropological classic Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo, was my sheer enjoyment of the is a theoretical work, written less for a lay audience than for Douglas's fellow cultural anthropologists, and yet her style is clean and lively, with barbs of wit to keep things interesting.4/5.

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This book has been hugely influential in many areas of debate – from religion to social theory. With a specially commissioned preface by the author which assesses the continuing significance of the work, this Routledge Classics edition will ensure that Purity and Danger continues to challenge, question and inspire for many years to come.

Purity and Danger is written in an academic style and directed above all toward fellow adepts in the field. However, the book also engages lay readers with an interest in anthropology, comparative religion, or the philosophy of science.

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Purity and Danger This remarkable book, which is written in a very graceful, lucid and polemical style, is a symbolic interpretation of the rules of purity and pollution. Mary Douglas shows that to examine what is considered as unclean in any culture is to take a looking-glass approach to the ordered patterning which that culture strives to.

This book has been hugely influential in many areas of debate – from religion to social theory. With a specially commissioned preface by the author which assesses the continuing significance of the work, this Routledge Classics edition will ensure that Purity and Danger continues to challenge, question and inspire for many years to by:.