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Douglas, Mary 1921-2007

Works: 372 works in 1,532 publications in 6 languages and 36,025 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Conference proceedings  Cross-cultural studies 
Roles: Editor, Compiler, Translator, Author of introduction, Other, Director, Commentator
Classifications: GN304, 362.5
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Natural symbols explorations in cosmology by Mary Douglas ( Book )
107 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
First published in 1970, this classic text represents a work of anthropology in its widest sense, exploring themes such as the social meaning of natural symbols and the image of the body in society
Purity and danger; an analysis of concepts of pollution and taboo by Mary Douglas ( Book )
167 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"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. This 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 preface 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 millenium."--Jacket
The world of goods towards an anthropology of consumption : with a new introduction by Mary Douglas ( Book )
89 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this pioneering work, a leading anthropologist and an economist join forces to suggest that people use goods as a means of communicating with each other and illustrate how we can better understand the way this affects society
Missing persons a critique of the social sciences by Mary Douglas ( )
12 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 2,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Douglas and Ney argue that the individualistic model of the person fostered in large part by economics has profoundly affected the ways in which we think about our needs and well-being. They offer a constructive suggestion for protecting objectivity in the social sciences by taking cultural variation into account. A multicultural context allows a far more evenhanded view of issues such as poverty and well-being. In Missing Persons, Douglas and Ney have set forth a fundamental critique of the social sciences, drawing from a vast array of literatures from anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology. All social scientists, particularly those concerned about poverty and well-being, will find this polemic essential
Implicit meanings selected essays in anthropology by Mary Douglas ( )
26 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 1,709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thinking in circles an essay on ring composition by Mary Douglas ( )
15 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 1,486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Many famous antique texts are misunderstood and many others have been completely dismissed, all because the literary style in which they were written is unfamiliar today. So argues Mary Douglas in this controversial study of ring composition, a technique which places the meaning of a text in the middle, framed by a beginning and ending in parallel. To read a ring composition in the modern linear fashion is to misinterpret it, Douglas contends, and today's scholars must reevaluate important antique texts from around the world. Found in the Bible and in writings from as far a field as Egypt, China, Indonesia, Greece, and Russia, ring composition is too widespread to have come from a single source. Does it perhaps derive from the way the brain works? What is its function in social contexts? The author examines ring composition, its principles and functions, in a cross-cultural way. She focuses on ring composition in Homer's "Iliad", the Bible's book of "Numbers", and, for a challenging modern example, Laurence Sterne's "Tristram Shandy", developing a persuasive argument for reconstruing famous books and rereading neglected ones
Leviticus as literature by Mary Douglas ( )
32 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 1,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This first full-scale account of Leviticus by a world renowned anthropologist presents the biblical work as a literary masterpiece. Seen in an anthropological perspective Leviticus has a mystical structure which plots the book into three parts corresponding to the three parts of the desert tabernacle, both corresponding to the parts of Mount Sinai. This completely new reading transforms the interpretation of the purity laws. The pig and other forbidden animals are not abhorrent, they command the same respect due to all God's creatures. Boldly challenging several traditions of Bible criticism, M
How institutions think by Mary Douglas ( Book )
39 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
L'auteure jette les bases d'une théorie des institutions. Si on explique d'ordinaire le raisonnement humain par les propriétés de la pensée individuelle, l'auteure, quant à elle, se focalise sur la culture et nous entraîne dans un parcours provocateur et passionné, placé sous le double patronage de la sociologie d'Emile Durkheim et de la philosophie des sciences de Ludwik Fleck
Risk and culture : an essay on the selection of technical and environmental dangers by Mary Douglas ( Book )
12 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Implicit meanings : essays in anthropology by Mary Douglas ( Book )
34 editions published between 1975 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Man in Africa by Mary Douglas ( Book )
20 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tavistock Press was established as a co-operative venture between the Tavistock Institute and Routledge & Kegan Paul (RKP) in the 1950s to produce a series of major contributions across the social sciences. This volume is part of a 2001 reissue of a selection of those important works which have since gone out of print, or are difficult to locate. Published by Routledge, 112 volumes in total are being brought together under the name The International Behavioural and Social Sciences Library: Classics from the Tavistock
Reading Leviticus a conversation with Mary Douglas by John F. A Sawyer ( )
6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The impact of Mary Douglas's anthropological work on biblical studies has nowhere been more strongly felt than in the area of biblical legal systems. A group of experts in bible, Jewish law, comparative law, classical literature and social anthropology met in 1995 in the company of Mary Douglas to explore the book of Leviticus
The illustrated golden bough by James George Frazer ( Book )
6 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Witchcraft confessions & accusations by Mary Douglas ( Book )
20 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in English and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Constructive drinking : perspectives on drink from anthropology by Mary Douglas ( Book )
29 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Risk and blame : essays in cultural theory by Mary Douglas ( Book )
33 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The idea of risk has recently risen to prominence in political debate and in matters of public policy. Cognitive psychology treats decision-making as a private personal act. But in real life dangers are presented in standardized forms which pre-code the individual's choices. This collection follows on from the programme for studying risk and blame that was implied in Purity and Danger and has been developed in subsequent publications. Its first six essays argue that any analysis of risk perception that ignores cultural and political bias is worthless. For the sake of a mistaken idea of objectivity, research on risk perception tries to avoid politics, but the idea of nature is inherently politicized. The study of risk needs a systematic framework of political and cultural comparison. The next five essays range over questions in cultural theory. A culture is viewed as a way of life which standardizes concepts and values. It is held steady by the institutions in which it is articulated. Questions of autonomy, credibility and gullibility, the social origins of wants, and the recognition of distinctive thought styles are at present only beginning to be treated systematically in a framework of cultural analysis. Now that risk is moving centre-stage as the dominant idiom of policy analysis, many other key topics, such as the notion of the self, will need to be radically revised. In Risk and Blame, Mary Douglas argues that the prominence of risk discourse will force upon the social sciences a programme of rethinking and consolidation which will include the anthropological approaches studied in these pages
Religion and America : spiritual life in a secular age ( Book )
9 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the active voice by Mary Douglas ( Book )
15 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
First published in 1982, this collection of essays is a reproach to a form of the sociology of religion that treats people as the passive objects of impersonal social influences. In opposition to this, the author seeks to assert an active voice style of thinking about the relations between individuals and their cultural environment, whether in economics, history or literary criticism. This collection is assembled with the guiding principle that all the essays touch upon the borderland between economic values and personal judgements of quality. Several essays illustrate the theme from
Rules and meanings; the anthropology of everyday knowledge by Mary Douglas ( Book )
26 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Food in the social order : studies of food and festivities in three American communities by Mary Douglas ( Book )
12 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Daglas, Meri
Douglas, Margaret Mary Tew.
Douglas, Margaret Mary Tew, 1921-
Douglas, Margaret Mary Tew, 1921-2007
Douglas, Mary
Douglas, Mary T.
Douglas, Mary Tew.
Douglas, Mary Tew, 1921-
Douglas, Mary Tew, 1921-2007
Tew, Mary.
Tew, Mary, 1921-2007
Дуглас, Мери, 1921-
ダグラス, M
ダグラス, メアリー
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