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

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

Part of the Routledge Classics series



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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Ethical issues & debates
  • ISBN: 9780415289955



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