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Purity and danger : an analysis of concept of pollution and taboo

Author: Mary Douglas
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2005.
Series: Routledge classics.
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"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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Douglas
ISBN: 0415289955 9780415289955
OCLC Number: 50333732
Notes: Originally published: London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1966.
Description: xxi, 244 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: 1. Ritual Uncleanness --
2. Secular Defilement --
3. Abnormalities of Leviticus --
4. Magic and Miracle --
5. Primitive Worlds --
6. Powers and Dangers --
7. External Boundaries --
8. Internal Lines --
9. System at War with Itself --
10. System Shattered and Renewed.
Series Title: Routledge classics.
Responsibility: Mary Douglas ; with a new preface by the author.
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"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.

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