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  • Risk and Cultureby Mary Douglas; Aaron Wildavsky

    University of California Press 1983; US$ 17.56

    With flair and scholarly acumen, British anthropologist Mary Douglas (Purity and Danger) and Berkeley political scientist Aaron Wildavsky (Speaking Truth to Power) apply the yardstick of cultural bias to American society - and attack scientific objectivity, in the bargain. What is it, they ask, that Americans fear? Why have we, above all other modern... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Rules and Meaningsby Mary Douglas

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    First published in 1973, Rules and Meanings is an anthology of works that form part of Mary Douglas' struggle to devise an anthropological modernism conducive to her opposition to reputedly modernizing trends in contemporary society. The collection contains works by Wittgenstein, Schutz, Husserl, Hertz and other continentals. The underlying themes... 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...

  • 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...

  • Witchcraft Confessions and Accusationsby Mary Douglas

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    Historians as well as anthropologists have contributed to this volume of studies on aspects of witchcraft in a variety of cultures and periods from Tudor England to twentieth-century Africa and New Guinea. Contributors include: Mary Douglas, Norman Cohn, Peter Brown, Keith Thomas, Alan Macfarlane, Alison Redmayne, R.G. Willis, Edwin Ardener, Robert... 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...