An Intellectual Biography
By (author) Richard Fardon
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Mary Douglas by Richard Fardon
Book DescriptionThis is the first full length account of the life and ideas of Mary Douglas, the British social anthropologist whose publications span the second half of the twentieth century. Richard Fardon covers Douglas' family background, and the pervasive influence of her catholic faith on her writings before providing an analysis of two of her most influential works; Purity and Danger (1966) and Natural Symbols (1970). The final section deals with Douglas' more controversial writings in the fields of economics, consumption, religion and risk analysis in contemporary societies. Throughout, Fardon highlights the centrality of Douglas' role in the history of anthropology and the discipline's struggle to achieve relevance to contemporary, western societies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415040938
(234mm x 156mm x 21mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Apr-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard Fardon
Cultures and Crises, Paperback (January 2013)
Mary Douglas was one of the most regarded anthropologists of the 20th Century. This is a collection of her latest essays on culture, previously uncollected, from the last decade and a half of her life.
African Socialisms and Postsocialisms, Paperback (June 2006)
This pathbreaking collection of papers documents the fate of postsocialist African states.
Counterworks, Hardback (September 1995)
This work examines the ways in which "globalization" has affected specific localities, challenging the validity of anthropological concepts of culture in the light of the persuasive connections which exist between local and global factors everywhere.
African Languages, Development and the State, Hardback (November 1993)» View all books by Richard Fardon
Shows that multilingualism does not pose for Africans the problems of communication that Europeans imagine and that the mismatch between policy statements and their pragmatic outcomes is a far more serious problem for future development.
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