The politics of purity

@article{Duschinsky2013ThePO,
  title={The politics of purity},
  author={Robbie Duschinsky},
  journal={Thesis Eleven},
  year={2013},
  volume={119},
  pages={63 - 77}
}
In Purity and Danger, Douglas theorizes purity and impurity in terms of the instantiation and disruption of a shared symbolic order. Purity/impurity discourses act, according to Purity and Danger, as a homeostatic system which ensures the preservation of this social whole, generally encoding that which threatens social equilibrium as impurity. There have been calls for new social theory on this ‘under-theorized’ topic. Presenting such further reflections, I argue that Douglas’ account is less a… 
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