Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo (Routledge Classics)

Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo (Routledge Classics)


In Purity and Danger Mary Douglas identifies the worry for purity as a key topic on the center of each society. In energetic and lucid prose she explains its relevance for each reader through revealing its wide-ranging effect on our attitudes to society, values, cosmology and data. The e-book has been highly influential in lots of parts of dialogue - from faith to social concept. yet might be its most vital position is to supply every one reader a brand new rationalization of why humans behave within the means they do. With a specifically commissioned advent by means of the writer which assesses the continued value of the paintings thirty-five years on, this Routledge Classics variation will make sure that Purity and Danger maintains to problem and query good into the recent millennium.

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