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

  title={Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo},
  author={Mary Ann Douglas},
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… 
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  • P. Hegarty
  • Sociology, Medicine
    History of psychology
  • 2007
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