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
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 12/09/2002
- Category: Social & cultural anthropology
- ISBN: 9780415289955