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  • Constructive Drinkingby Mary Douglas

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    First published in 1987, Constructive Drinking is a series of original case studies organized into three sections based on three major functions of drinking. The three constructive functions are: that drinking has a real social role in everyday life; that drinking can be used to construct an ideal world; and that drinking is a significant economic... more...

  • Essays on the Sociology of Perceptionby Mary Douglas

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    First published in 1982, this is one of Mary Douglas' favourite books. It is based on her meetings with friends in which they attempt to apply the grip/group analysis from Natural Symbols . The essays have been important texts for preparing grid/group exercises ever since. She is still trying to improve the argument of Natural Symbols and is always... more...

  • Evans-Pritchardby Mary Douglas

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    First published in 1980, this book provides an overview of E. E. Evans-Pritchard's approach to anthropology. His seminal works on the Azande and the Nuer had an immense impact on the field in Britain. He wrote these works in his thirties and forties, after which time he became chair of anthropology at Oxford. His pupils and colleagues from his days... more...

  • Food in the Social Orderby Mary Douglas

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 54.95

    First published in 1984, This work is a cross-cultural study of the moral and social meaning of food. It is a collection of articles by Douglas and her colleagues covering the food system of the Oglala Sioux, the food habits of families in rural North Carolina, meal formats in an Italian-American community near Philadelphia. It also includes a grid/group... more...

  • In the Active Voice (Routledge Revivals)by Mary Douglas

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    First published in 1982, this collection of essays is a reproach to a form of the sociology of religion that treats people as the passive objects of impersonal social influences. In opposition to this, the author seeks to assert an active voice style of thinking about the relations between individuals and their cultural environment, whether in economics,... more...

  • The Lele of the Kasaiby Mary Douglas

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    This first volume is a compilation of numerous essays by Douglas on the Lele in the Belgian Congo covering a fifteen year period. There are early indications of Douglas's cultural imagination and written expression that were to make her works accessible and relevant to a western readership of non-anthropologists. The intellectural tools and examples... more...

  • Leviticus as Literatureby Mary Douglas

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 49.99

    This first full-scale account of Leviticus by a world renowned anthropologist presents the biblical work as a literary masterpiece. Seen in an anthropological perspective Leviticus has a mystical structure which plots the book into three parts corresponding to the three parts of the desert tabernacle, both corresponding to the parts of Mount Sinai.... more...

  • Natural Symbolsby Mary Douglas

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 38.95

    Every natural symbol - derived from blood, breath or excrement - carries a social meaning and this work focuses on the ways in which any one culture makes its selections from body symbolism. Each person treats their body as an image of society and the author examines the varieties of ritual and symbolic expression and the patterns of social ritual... more...

  • Natural Symbolsby Mary Douglas

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 230.00

    First printed in 1970, Natural Symbols is Douglas' most controversial work. It represents a work of anthropology in its widest sense, exploring themes such as the social meaning of natural symbols and the image of the body in society. This work focuses on the ways in which cultures select natural symbols from the body and how every natural symbol... more...

  • Risk and Acceptabilityby Mary Douglas

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    First published in 1985, Mary Douglas intended Risk and Acceptability as a review of the existing literature on the state of risk theory. Unsatisfied with the current studies of risk, which she found to be flawed by individualistic and psychologistic biases, she instead uses the book to argue risk analysis from an anthropological perspective. Douglas... more...