Taboo Topics (Paperback)Norman L. Farberow (author)
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Why is it so hard to investigate taboo topics? A myriad of forces shape and fashion human action, reaction, thought, and feeling, and these are not always well understood. Norman L. Farberow argues that culture itself provides structure for its members, developing in a well-defined way the rules to which they will conform. Such rules find expression not only in written laws and regulations but include, and most often stem from, unwritten folkways, customs, and especially taboos, the subject of this book.
The researchers reporting in this volume take no position on the nature of a taboo itself, but concentrate on the difficulty in investigating taboos. As members of society and human beings, they do make judgments and personal investments. Thus, when taboos continue or develop without useful society-enriching functions or facilitate self-destructive activities, they raise questions about why they persist.
Such topics include many areas-some social, such as sex, death, and peace; others more academic, such as parapsychology, graphology, religion, and hypnosis. Peace and the public are included in the discussion because they are emotion-laden areas and powerful and important factors in a shrinking world and expanding universe. Peace, especially, has begun to be looked upon with suspicion-perhaps a real commentary on our times. This probing collection will be sure to interest sociologists, anthropologists, and all other social scientists.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Number of pages: 171
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 9 mm
-The volume grew out of a 1961 American Psychological Association Symposium devoted to problems of research in emotion-laden areas. . . . [T]he volume is designed to indicate the feasibility of research in emotion-laden areas, to illustrate methods and procedures already in use, to stimulate the interests of professional researchers and to point out challenging areas that await investigation by yet-to-be-devised techniques. . . . [I]t reveals a number of the recurring problems that the contributors encountered in carrying out their work and interests.- --Stanton Wheeler, American Sociological Review
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