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

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`Professor Douglas writes gracefully, lucidly and polemically. She continually makes points which illuminate matters in the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of science and help to show the rest of us just why and how anthropology has become a fundamentally intellectual discipline' - New Society
Professor Douglas' book sparkles with intellectual life and is characterised by a concern to understand. Right or wrong, sound or idiosyncratic, it presents a rare and exciting spectacle of a mind at work.' - Times Literary Supplement
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 133 x 197 x 22.35mm | 272g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0415289955
  • 9780415289955
  • 77,070

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"Purity and Danger ... shattered my assumptions on just about everything." - Silvia Rodgers, The Sunday Times

"Professor Douglas writes gracefully, lucidly and polemically. She continually makes points which illuminate matters in the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of science and help to show the rest of us just why and how anthropology has become a fundamentally intellectual discipline." - New Society

"Professor Douglas' book sparkles with intellectual life and is characterised by a concern to understand ... A rare and exciting spectacle of a mind at work." - Times Literary Supplement

"The reason why one voice speaks to another remains a mystery but my sense of the world was undoubtedly deeply effected by Mary Douglas's Purity and Danger... Long before the insights of feminist analysis, Douglas noted how symbolic systems were centred upon notions of masculinity and femininity and layered upon the human body. Without doubt, 25 years of feminist work has enlarged understanding of gender issues beyond the insights of even such an original thinker as Mary Douglas. Nevertheless, many of the ideas which have sprouted since can be found in this slim, controversial and still highly relevant volume." - Leonore Davidoff, Times Higher Education
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About Professor Mary Douglas

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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