Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo

1st Edition

Professor Mary Douglas

Published September 12, 2002
Reference - 272 Pages
ISBN 9780415289955 - CAT# RU25052
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. 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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