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

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 12/09/2002
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Is cleanliness next to godliness? What does such a concept really mean? Why does it recur as a universal theme across all societies? And what are the implications for the unclean?

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. This book has been hugely influential in many areas of debate - from religion to social theory. With a specially commissioned preface by the author which assesses the continuing significance of the work, this Routledge Classics edition will ensure that Purity and Danger continues to challenge, question and inspire for many years to come.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415289955
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm


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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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