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Shabbat Tazria-Metzora: Time Out

This week’s double parashah reflects a fundamental understanding of ancient Israelite religion – and we are not sure that we know what it is. Between parashat Tazria and parashat Metzora, we are presented for four solid chapters of VaYikra (Leviticus) with rules of what anthropologist Mary Douglas called “purity and danger” in her book of the same name. 529 more words

Misunderstood Art

Polonius: (To Hamlet) What do you read, my lord?

Hamlet: Words, words, words.

(Hamlet II, ii, 192-3)

Nobody mistakes a game of football for anything else; there is never the question that it might not be a game of football or that it might be about something other than football. 531 more words

Culture Notes

Don't Go There

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

I have anthropology envy.

Spend any time around here and you’ll quickly realize that while I jump all over the map my foundation lies in the social sciences. 887 more words

Books

Mary Douglas and Impurity

When examining this subject, I used the qualifier impurity with rules and rituals. One place to begin the conversation is try to come to some preliminary or working definition of  675 more words

Literature Review

The whole universe is harnessed to men's attempts to force one another into good citizenship (Mary Douglas)

Pollution ideas work in the life of society at two levels, one largely instrumental, one expressive. At the first level, the more obvious one, we find people trying to influence one another’s behavior.

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Books

Robin Fox: Biosocial Anthropology as Philosophical Anthropology (Slightly Updated)

UPDATE: It has occurred to me that my two part argument—leveling a criticism of the philosophers’ portrayal of biosocial anthropology as censure-worthy at the expense of an understanding of the complexity of its ideas and normalizing biosocial anthropology in post-war ideas by re-categorizing it as philosophical anthropology—that I focused less on ideas and their genealogies (especially the Gellner bits) than was satisfactory. 1,671 more words

History Of The Human Sciences