Purity and Danger

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


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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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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 127 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0415289955
  • 9780415289955
  • 32,696

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Mary Douglas (1921-). One of the most distinguished anthropologists of modern times. Natural Symbols, another of her major works, is also available in Routledge Classics.

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