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Natural Symbols: Explorations in Cosmology

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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 thr ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 14th 2003 by Routledge (first published December 31st 1970)
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Douglas is a grade A thinker, even if she's got a penchant for not-so-needed big words. First time I've ever read "disestablishmentarianism" in a legitimate sentence. Still very readable for something on symbol systems.

A background in anthro/sociological theory might be needed for the Durkhiem/Barthes/Turner/etc stuff she brings up, but you can always wiki that if this looks interesting.

Durkheimian analyses of symbolic orders by showing their concordance with the forms of social orders.
Jessica Zu
maybe we should ban religious studies scholars from playing mathematicians.
Anna Dal Pont
[3.5, review soon]
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