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Implicit Meanings includes writing on the key themes which are associated with Mary Douglas' work and which have had a major influence on anthropological thought, such as food, pollution, risk, animals and myth. Together, the papers here demonstrate the importance of
seeking to understand those beliefs and practices which are implicit and a priori within cultures which might seem to be alien. Mary Douglas shows how anthropology can make a central contribution to knowledge and understanding across disciplines, and in everyday life.
New material for this edition: Part I: New Introduction. 1. The Lele of the Kasai (1954); 4.Te chniques of Sorcery Control in Central Africa (1963); 5.The Lele Revisited (1987) Part II: New Introduction; 12. Obituary of Godfrey Lienhardt (1994) Part III: New Introduction 13. The Politicization of Risk (1970), 16. Rightness of Categories (1993)