This book has been hugely influential in many areas of debate from religion to social theory with a specially commissioned preface by the author which assesses the continuing significance of the work this routledge classics edition will ensure that purity and danger continues to challenge question and inspire for many years to come. An analysis of the concepts of pollution and taboo london and new york first published in 1966 ark edition 1984 ark paperbacks is an imprint of routledge kegan paul ltd simultaneously published in the usa and canada by routledge 29 west 35th street new york ny 10001 purity and danger taboo. 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 source nielsen book data. The most surprising thing about reading mary douglass 1966 anthropological classic purity and danger an analysis of concepts of pollution and taboo was my sheer enjoyment of the thingthis is a theoretical work written less for a lay audience than for douglass fellow cultural anthropologists and yet her style is clean and lively with barbs of wit to keep things interesting. Mary douglas is an outstanding example of an evaluative thinker at work in purity and danger an analysis of concepts of pollution and taboo she delves in great detail into existing arguments that portray traditional societies as evolving from savage beliefs in magic to religion to modern science then explains why she believes those arguments are wrong
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