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Natural Symbols

Natural Symbols Author Mary Douglas
ISBN-10 9780415314541
Release 2003
Pages 194
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One of the most important works of modern anthropology. Written against the backdrop of the student uprisings of the late 1960s, the book took seriously the revolutionary fervour of the times, but instead of seeking to destroy the rituals and symbols that can govern and oppress, Mary Douglas saw instead that if transformation were needed, it could only be made possible through better understanding. Expressed with clarity and dynamism, the passionate analysis which follows remains one of the most insightful and rewarding studies of human behaviour ever written.

Natural symbols explorations in cosmology

Natural symbols  explorations in cosmology Author Mary Douglas
ISBN-10 UOM:39015002637257
Release 1970
Pages 177
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Natural symbols explorations in cosmology has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Natural symbols explorations in cosmology also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Natural symbols explorations in cosmology book for free.

Natural Symbols

Natural Symbols Author Mary Douglas
ISBN-10 9780415138260
Release 1996
Pages 183
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This is an anthropological work in its widest sense, exploring themes such as the social meaning of natural symbols, and the image of the body in society - issues very much in vogue in anthropology, sociology and cultural studies.

Natural Symbols

Natural Symbols Author Mary Douglas
ISBN-10 0415138256
Release 1996
Pages 183
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There are no such things as natural symbols. Every culture naturalises a certain view of the human body to make it carry social meanings. This work focuses on how the selections from blood, bones, breath or excrement, are made. Body symbolism is always in service to social intentions, and the body cannot be endowed with universal meanings. In this now classic work Mary Douglas shows how certain forms of social life bring forth regularly the same varieties of symbolic expression. Hierarchy treats the body as a hierarchy; sect treats it as a closed system; individualism treats it as pervasive energy. Political movements as well as religions have their rituals, medicine, ethics, educational theory, aesthetics, a huge range of judgements fall into line behind the standard cultural bias.

Purity and Danger

Purity and Danger Author Professor Mary Douglas
ISBN-10 9781136489273
Release 2013-06-17
Pages 202
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Purity and Danger is acknowledged as a modern masterpiece of anthropology. It is widely cited in non-anthropological works and gave rise to a body of application, rebuttal and development within anthropology. In 1995 the book was included among the Times Literary Supplement's hundred most influential non-fiction works since WWII. Incorporating the philosophy of religion and science and a generally holistic approach to classification, Douglas demonstrates the relevance of anthropological enquiries to an audience outside her immediate academic circle. She offers an approach to understanding rules of purity by examining what is considered unclean in various cultures. She sheds light on the symbolism of what is considered clean and dirty in relation to order in secular and religious, modern and primitive life.

Leviticus as Literature

Leviticus as Literature Author Mary Douglas
ISBN-10 9780198150923
Release 1999
Pages 280
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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. This completely new reading transforms the interpretation of the purity laws. The pig and other forbidden animals are not abhorrent, they command the same respect due to all God's creatures. Boldly challenging several traditions of Bible criticism, Mary Douglas claims that Leviticus is not the narrow doctrine of a crabbed professional priesthood but a powerful intellectual statement about a modern religion which emphasizes God's justice and compassion.

How Institutions Think

How Institutions Think Author Mary Douglas
ISBN-10 0815602065
Release 1986
Pages 146
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How Institutions Think has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from How Institutions Think also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full How Institutions Think book for free.

Implicit Meanings

Implicit Meanings Author Mary Douglas
ISBN-10 041560673X
Release 2010-10-14
Pages 342
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Implicit Meanings was first published to great acclaim in 1975. It includes writings on the key themes which are associated with Mary Douglas' work and which have had a major influence on anthropological thought, such as food, pollution, risk, animals and myth. The papers in this text demonstrate the importance of seeking to understand beliefs and practices that are implicit and a priori within what might seem to be alien cultures.

Risk and Culture

Risk and Culture Author Mary Douglas
ISBN-10 0520907396
Release 1983-10-27
Pages 224
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Can we know the risks we face, now or in the future? No, we cannot; but yes, we must act as if we do. Some dangers are unknown; others are known, but not by us because no one person can know everything. Most people cannot be aware of most dangers at most times. Hence, no one can calculate precisely the total risk to be faced. How, then, do people decide which risks to take and which to ignore? On what basis are certain dangers guarded against and others relegated to secondary status? This book explores how we decide what risks to take and which to ignore, both as individuals and as a culture.

Missing Persons

Missing Persons Author Mary Douglas
ISBN-10 0520918622
Release 1998-11-04
Pages 237
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The Western cultural consensus based on the ideas of free markets and individualism has led many social scientists to consider poverty as a personal experience, a deprivation of material things, and a failure of just distribution. Mary Douglas and Steven Ney find this dominant tradition of social thought about poverty and well-being to be full of contradictions. They argue that the root cause is the impoverished idea of the human person inherited through two centuries of intellectual history, and that two principles, the idea of the solipsist self and the idea of objectivity, cause most of the contradictions. Douglas and Ney state that Economic Man, from its semitechnical niche in eighteenth-century economic theory, has taken over the realms of psychology, consumption, public assistance, political science, and philosophy. They say that by distorting the statistical data presented for policy analysis, the ideas of the solipsist self and objectivity indeed often protect a political bias. The authors propose to correct this by revising the current model of the person. Taking cultural bias into account and giving full play to political dissent, they restore the "persons" who have been missing from the social science debates. Drawing from anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology, the authors set forth a fundamental critique of the social sciences. Their book will find a wide audience among social scientists and will also interest anyone engaged in current discussions of poverty. This book is a copublication with the Russell Sage Foundation.

Symbols of the Sacred

Symbols of the Sacred Author Louis K. Dupré
ISBN-10 080284748X
Release 2000
Pages 131
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Symbols of the Sacred gathers four classic essays by Louis Dupre on the role of symbols in our understanding of the sacred and on their fundamental importance to religious consciousness. A leading philosopher of religion, Dupre here discusses the nature of religious symbols, the importance of language for capturing symbolic meaning, the ancient link between art and expressions of the sacred, and the vital relationship between religious symbol and myth. The volume concludes with a powerful reflection on the innate capacity of human minds to grasp the transcendent. Elegantly expressed, conversant with a wide range of thinkers, and marked by a lifetime of reflection on the subject, Symbols of the Sacred offers profound insights into the religious dimension of human life.

Rules and Meanings

Rules and Meanings Author Mary Douglas
ISBN-10 9781136489839
Release 2013-06-17
Pages 320
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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 of the anthology are the construction of meaning, the force of hidden background assumptions, tacit conventions and the power of spatial organization to reinforce words. The work serves to complement the philosophers' work on everyday language with the anthropologists' theory of everyday knowledge.

Turning to Tradition

Turning to Tradition Author Oliver Herbel
ISBN-10 9780199324958
Release 2014-01
Pages 244
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This book examines Christian converts to Orthodoxy who served as exemplars and leaders for convert movements in America during the twentieth century.

Risk and Blame

Risk and Blame Author Professor Mary Douglas
ISBN-10 9781136490118
Release 2013-06-17
Pages 336
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First published in 1992, this volume follows on from the programme for studying risk and blame that was implied in Purity and Danger. The first half of the book Douglas argues that the study of risk needs a systematic framework of political and cultural comparison. In the latter half she examines questions in cultural theory. Through the eleven essays contained in Risk and Blame, Douglas argues that the prominence of risk discourse will force upon the social sciences a programme of rethinking and consolidation that will include anthropological approaches.

Jacob s Tears

Jacob s Tears Author Mary Douglas
ISBN-10 9780199265237
Release 2004
Pages 211
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Who is Israel? Who were the priestly authors of the Pentateuch? This anthropological reading of the Bible starts by asking why the Book of Numbers lists the 12 tribes of Israel seven times.

Constructive Drinking

Constructive Drinking Author Mary Douglas
ISBN-10 9781134557714
Release 2013-10-16
Pages 302
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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 activity. The case studies deal with a variety of exotic drinks

Water and Development in China

Water and Development in China Author Seungho Lee
ISBN-10 9789812773494
Release 2006
Pages 295
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There is widespread recognition OCo among policy-makers, business communities, and scholars OCo of the importance of improving environmental policy and management in China. Environmental concerns in China have triggered the publication of a number of books on the subject. However, very few books offer an in-depth case study of the environmental challenges in Shanghai. This book aims to explore the extent to which Shanghai has managed to cope with water supply as well as water quality control challenges in terms of its sociopolitical and economic development since 1990, with a special reference to the impact of social actors on water policy. The book focuses on the contributions from each actor in water policy OCo the most influential actor being the Shanghai government, private companies, environmental NGOs, Shanghai citizens, and international development agencies. The Shanghai water sector, in the recent few years, has been diversified through interactions between the Shanghai government and the newly emergent social actors. Consequently, water policy in Shanghai is influenced by multilateral interactions between these actors with their diverse interests and goals. The book will demonstrate the ways in which these actors in the Shanghai water sector have co-evolved through interactions to formulate a new mode of water policy reflecting the diverse interests of the social actors. Sample Chapter(s). Chapter 1: Introduction (361 KB). Contents: Political Economy and Water in Shanghai; Theoretical Framework; Institutional Reform in Shanghai Water Policy; Development of Civil Movements; Private Sector Participation; Impacts of International Development Agencies. Readership: Regional specialists, planners, policy analysts and consultants interested in the contemporary development in China and Shanghai in particular."