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Douglas, Mary 1921-2007

Works: 162 works in 1,400 publications in 15 languages and 38,353 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference proceedings  Cross-cultural studies  History  Comparative studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Director, Commentator
Classifications: BL310, 291
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Purity and danger; an analysis of concepts of pollution and taboo by Mary Douglas( Book )

240 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in 14 languages and held by 2,729 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
Natural symbols : explorations in cosmology by Mary Douglas( Book )

123 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 2,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an anthropological work in its widest sense, exploring themes such as the social meaning of natural symbols, and the image of the body in society - issues very much in vogue in anthropology, sociology and cultural studies
The world of goods by Mary Douglas( Book )

84 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First published in 1979, The World of Goods rapidly established itself as a classic. In this pioneering work, a leading anthropologist and an economist join forces to suggest what market researchers have long suspected and anthropologists have observed firsthand in other cultures--that people use goods as a means of communicating with each other. It is the unique contribution of this fascinating book that it shows us precisely how the insights of anthropology can help us better understand the varied ways in which we use the "world of goods" to communicate"--Publisher description
Implicit meanings : essays in anthropology by Mary Douglas( Book )

71 editions published between 1975 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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How institutions think by Mary Douglas( Book )

54 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,235 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 )

35 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man in Africa by Mary Douglas( Book )

22 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and held by 899 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
Witchcraft confessions & accusations by Mary Douglas( Book )

39 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historians as well as anthropologists have contributed to this volume of studies on aspects of witchcraft in a variety of cultures and periods from Tudor England to twentieth-century Africa and New Guinea. Contributors include: Mary Douglas, Norman Cohn, Peter Brown, Keith Thomas, Alan Macfarlane, Alison Redmayne, R.G. Willis, Edwin Ardener, Robert Brain, Julian Pitt-Rivers, Esther Goody, Peter Rivière, Anthony Forge, Godfrey Lienhardt, I.M. Lewis, Brian Spooner, G.I. Jones, Malcolm Ruel and T.O. Beidelman. First published in 1970
The illustrated golden bough by James George Frazer( Book )

10 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Golden Bough describes our ancestors' primitive methods of worship, sex practices, strange rituals and festivals. Disproving the popular thought that primitive life was simple, this monumental survey shows that savage man was enmeshed in a tangle of magic, taboos, and superstitions. Revealed here is the evolution of man from savagery to civilization, from the modification of his weird and often bloodthirsty customs to the entry of lasting moral, ethical, and spiritual values
Constructive drinking : perspectives on drink from anthropology by Mary Douglas( Book )

29 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in English and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion and America : spiritual life in a secular age( Book )

9 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leviticus as literature by Mary Douglas( Book )

35 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 682 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, which in turn corresponds 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, Mary Douglas claims that Leviticus is not the narrow doctrine of a crabbed professional priesthood but a powerful intellectual statement about a religion which emphasizes God's justice and compassion."--Jacket
Risk and blame : essays in cultural theory by Mary Douglas( Book )

35 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 620 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
In the active voice by Mary Douglas( Book )

18 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 589 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
Food in the social order : studies of food and festivities in three American communities by Mary Douglas( Book )

14 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1984, This work is a cross-cultural study of the moral and social meaning of food. It is a collection of articles by Douglas and her colleagues covering the food system of the Oglala Sioux, the food habits of families in rural North Carolina, meal formats in an Italian-American community near Philadelphia. It also includes a grid/group analysis of food consumption
Rules and meanings; the anthropology of everyday knowledge by Mary Douglas( Book )

28 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1973, Rules and Meanings is an anthology of works that form part of Mary Douglas' struggle to devise an anthropological modernism conducive to her opposition to reputedly modernizing trends in contemporary society. The collection contains works by Wittgenstein, Schutz, Husserl, Hertz and other continentals. The underlying themes of the anthology are the construction of meaning, the force of hidden background assumptions, tacit conventions and the power of spatial organization to reinforce words. The work serves to complement the philosophers' work on everyday langua
Thinking in circles : an essay on ring composition by Mary Douglas( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cross-cultural discussion of "ring composition," which places the meaning of texts in the middle, arguing that a modern linear interpretation is incorrect, focusing on antique texts from Egypt, China, Indonesia, Greece, and Russia, such as Homer's "Iliad," the Bible's book of Numbers, and Sterne's "Tristram Shandy."
Risk acceptability according to the social sciences by Mary Douglas( Book )

30 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Missing persons : a critique of the social sciences by Mary Douglas( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and German and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The western cultural consensus based on the ideas of free markets and individualism has led many social scientists to consider poverty as a personal experience, a deprivation of material things, and a failure of just distribution. Douglas and Ney argue that the tradition of individualism applied to poverty and well-being is full of contradiction in light of anthropology's multicultural perspective
Reading Leviticus : a conversation with Mary Douglas by John F. A Sawyer( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the topics reviewed and published in this volume, are: the unity of Leviticus, its ethical principles, its genre, its relation to social reality, its date, and its place in the development of Jewish law
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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

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Douglas, Mary T. 1921-2007

Douglas, Mary Tew.

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Douglas, Mary Tew 1921-2007

Mary Douglas antropologa britannica

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Mērija Duglasa

Tew, Mary.

Tew Mary 1921-2007

Дуглас, Мери 1921-

Дуглас, Мери, 1921-2007

Дуглас, Мэри

דגלס, מרי 1921-2007

מרי דאגלס

مری داگلاس

ダグラス, M

ダグラス, メアリー



Natural symbols : explorations in cosmologyThe world of goodsImplicit meanings : essays in anthropologyHow institutions thinkRisk and culture : an essay on the selection of technical and environmental dangersMan in AfricaConstructive drinking : perspectives on drink from anthropologyLeviticus as literature