Risk and Blame: Essays in Cultural Theory

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Overview

Risk and danger are culturally conditioned ideas. They are shaped by pressures of social life and accepted notions of accountability. The risk analyses that are increasingly being utilised by politicians, aid programmes and business ignore the insights to be gained from social anthropology which can be applied to modern industrial society.
In this collection of recent essays, Mary Douglas develops a programme for studying risk and blame that follows from ideas originally proposed in Purity and Danger. She suggests how political and cultural bias can be incorporated into the study of risk perception and in the discussion of responsibility in public policy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415119993
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/21/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Lexile: 1300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I Risk and blame
1 Risk and Blame 3
2 Risk and Justice 22
3 Risk and Danger 38
4 Muffled Ears 55
5 Witchcraft and Leprosy: Two Strategies for Rejection 83
6 The Self as Risk-taker: a Cultural Theory of Contagion in Relation to AIDS 102
Pt. II Wants and institutions
7 The Normative Debate and the Origins of Culture 125
8 Wants 149
9 No Free Gifts: Introduction to Mauss's Essay on The Gift 155
10 Institutions of the Third Kind: British and Swedish Labour Markets Compared 167
11 Autonomy and Opportunism 187
Pt. III Believing and thinking
12 Thought Style Exemplified: The Idea of the Self 211
13 Credibility 235
14 A Credible Biosphere 255
15 The Debate on Women Priests 271
16 The Hotel Kwilu: A Model of Models 295
Name index 314
Subject index 318
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