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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)
Author: Mary Douglas
ISBN 13: 9780415289955
ISBN 10: 415289955
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2002-11-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $24.95
 
 

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.