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Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo Summary
Mary Douglas

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Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo Summary

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Purity and Danger by Mary Douglas deals with primitive and modern cultures, exploring various ways they organize their social life through specific approaches to rituals, dirt, and pollution.

Prejudice towards primitive cultures as inferior can be attributed to previous approaches dealing with common patterns among them rather than their social structures. The initial views that primitive cultures display fear and lack of understanding because they have to deal with the immediacy of their environment have been discarded. Through their approach to hygiene and pollution, both external and internal community structures are examined. Most cultures have means of protection of their social order through classification and preservation of purity. Food classification and purity is the foremost element in maintaining such purity as part of health, completeness, and holiness. Primitive cultures engage a personal view of the universe that is apt to intervene in their affairs.

Dirt represents danger through...

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