Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo / Edition 1

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Overview

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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'[A] classic book.' – New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415289955
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/15/2002
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: First Edition Routledge Classics
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 519,374
  • Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface to the Routledge Classics Edition
Introduction 1
1 Ritual Uncleanness 8
2 Secular Defilement 36
3 The Abnormalities of Leviticus 51
4 Magic and Miracle 72
5 Primitive Worlds 91
6 Powers and Dangers 117
7 External Boundaries 141
8 Internal Lines 160
9 The System at War with Itself 173
10 The System Shattered and Renewed 196
Bibliography 221
Index 227
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