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Risk and Blame: Essays in Cultural Theory
First published in 1992, this volume follows on from the programme for studying risk and blame that was implied in Purity and Danger. The first half of the book Douglas argues that the study of risk
Natural Symbols: Explorations in Cosmology.
First published over twenty five years ago, but with a new introduction and thoroughly updated.Every natural symbol - derived from blood, breath or excrement - carries a social meaning and this work
Natural Symbols: Explorations in Cosmology.
First published over twenty five years ago, but with a new introduction and thoroughly updated.Every natural symbol - derived from blood, breath or excrement - carries a social meaning and this work
In the Active Voice
1. Passive Voice Theories in Religious Sociology 2. Goods as a System of Communication 3. Money 4. Food as a System of Communication 5. Good Taste: Review of Pierre Bourdieu, La Distinction 6.
The Idea of a Home: A Kind of Space
Ihe more we reflect on the tyranny of the home, the less surprising it is that the young wish to be free of its scrutiny and control. The evident nostalgia in much writing about the idea of home is
Implicit meanings: Essays in anthropology
Why do people want to become a psychotherapist? How do they translate this desire into reality? On Becoming a Psychotherapist explores these and related questions. Ten leading therapists write about
The Self as Risk Taker: A Cultural Theory of Contagion in Relation to AIDS
Some people are prepared to take high risks with their lives and those of others. Should this be surprising? Is it more normal to be risk-taking? or risk averse? The argument below will be that the
Four cultures: the evolution of a parsimonious model
Cultural theory works with a parsimonious model of four cultural types, each emanating from a specific form of organisation. The four types are identified as attitudes and values that justify the
The Social Control of Cognition: Some Factors in Joke Perception
Anthropologists tend to approach ritual joking from scratch, with merely an introspective glance at the cases in which they themselves feel impelled to joke. Consequently they have treated joking
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