Remember Me
Or use your Academic/Social account:


Or use your Academic/Social account:


You have just completed your registration at OpenAire.

Before you can login to the site, you will need to activate your account. An e-mail will be sent to you with the proper instructions.


Please note that this site is currently undergoing Beta testing.
Any new content you create is not guaranteed to be present to the final version of the site upon release.

Thank you for your patience,
OpenAire Dev Team.

Close This Message


Verify Password:
Verify E-mail:
*All Fields Are Required.
Please Verify You Are Human:
fbtwitterlinkedinvimeoflicker grey 14rssslideshare1
Duschinsky, Robbie (2014)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: L500
Mary Douglas is generally regarded as a faithful disciple of Émile Durkheim. Yet her classic work Purity and Danger ([1966] 2002. London: Routledge) is best understood as premised upon a fundamental disagreement with Durkheim, who she accused of conflating purity with “the sacred” and impurity with “the profane”. Key to this disagreement was the theoretical status of the “busy scrubbings” of everyday housework. This disagreement has had a substantial legacy since, in turning her attention to purity and impurity in their specificity, Douglas bequeathed anthropology and sociology a theory of purity and impurity that has remained an important, perhaps even dominant, paradigm. This paradigm has been identified as an exemplar of synchronic analysis. Yet this paradigm itself is the product of a specific historical and intellectual context, little recognized today. Attending to this context holds open possibilities, which have otherwise tended to be neglected, for theorizing purity and impurity in their specificity.
  • The results below are discovered through our pilot algorithms. Let us know how we are doing!

    • -- ([1973] 1989) Theory of Religion, trans. Robert Hurley, NY: Zone Book
    • Caillois, R. ([1950] 1959) Man and the Sacred, 2nd ed., trans. Meyer Barash, Chicago: University of Illinois Press
    • Campkin, B. (2007) 'Degradation and Regeneration' in Dirt: New Geographies of Cleanliness and Contamination, eds. Ben Campkin & Rosie Cox, NY: IB Tauris, 68-79.
    • Douglas, M. (1953) Fieldnotes, Northwestern University Archive. Box 2.
    • -- ([1955] 1975) 'Social and religious symbolism of the Lele' in Implicit Meanings, London: Routledge, 9-26.
    • -- ([1964] 2013) 'Taboo' in A Very Personal Method, ed. Richard Fardon, London: SAGE, 137-143
    • -- ([1966] 2002) Purity and Danger, London: Routledge.
    • -- ([1968] 1975) 'Pollution' in Implicit Meanings, London: Routledge, 45-59.
    • -- (1970) Natural Symbols, London: Routledge
    • -- (1980) 'Purity and Danger Revisited' Times Literary Supplement, 19th September
    • -- (1997) 'Purity and Danger: Leviticus-a Retrospective', seminar at Clare College, Cambridge, 21 October 1997.
    • -- ([2002] 2013) 'A feeling for Hierarchy' in A Very Personal Method, ed. Richard Fardon, London: SAGE, 15-36.
    • -- ([2008] 2013) 'An Aesthetic View' in Cultures and Crises, ed. Richard Fardon, London: SAGE, 175-190
    • Durkheim, E. ([1898] 1974) 'Individual and Collective Representations' Sociology and Philosophy, trans. D. F. Pocock, NY: Free Press, 1-15.
    • -- ([1900a] 1992) Professional Ethics and Civic Morals, 2nd ed., ed. Bryan S. Turner, London: Routledge.
    • -- ([1900b] 1978) 'Two Laws of Penal Evolution' in Emile Durkheim on Institutional Analysis, trans. Mark Traugott, Chicago: University of Chicago Press
    • -- ([1906] 1953) 'The Determination of Moral Facts' in Sociology and Philosophy, trans. D. F. Pocock, NY: Free Press, 16-41.
    • -- ([1912] 2001) The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, abridged edition, trans. Carol Cosman, Oxford: OUP.
    • -- ([1914] 1973) 'The dualism of human nature and its social conditions' in On Morality and Society: Selected Writings, ed. Robert Bellah, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 149-166.
    • Duschinsky, R. (2013a) 'Abjection and Self-Identity' Sociological Review 61(4): 709-727
    • Eilberg-Schwartz, H. (1990) The Savage in Judaism, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990.
    • Falasca-Zamponi, S. (2011) Rethinking the Political: The Sacred, Aesthetic Politics, and the Collège de Sociologie, Montreal, QC: McGill-Queen's University Press
    • Fardon, R. 'The Faithful Disciple: On Mary Douglas and Durkheim.' Anthropology Today 3(5): 4-6.
    • -- (1999) Mary Douglas: An Intellectual Biography, London: Routledge.
    • -- (2002) 'Mary Douglas' Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the British Academy, Oxford University Press
    • Forde, K., Smith, V., Cox, R., Ralph, B., Pisani, E., George, R., Horne, R.H. & Nagle, R. (2011) Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life, London: Profile Books.
    • Fournier, M. (2007) Emile Durkheim. Paris: Fayard
    • Goldberg, C.A. (2008) 'Introduction to Emile Durkheim's “Anti-Semitism and Social Crisis”'
  • No related research data.
  • No similar publications.

Share - Bookmark

Cite this article