Waste isn’t just about literal garbage, but it is also about ‘matter out of place’ (Douglas 1966). It’s about the value, or lack thereof, that we place on objects and why we throw them away. 192 more words
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“Purity and Danger” by anthropologist Mary Douglas explores tribal culture’s and their hyper emphasis of purity and its relationship to “perceived” danger. The “danger” is usually the fear of contamination by new ideas from beyond the pale of their culture but also from within the culture as deviance from within is always present within any culture that has any dynamic quality. 521 more words
Mary Douglas, an important English anthropologist, argued that the violations of the body are a sort of symbolic representation of the violation of a wider cultural system; the anxiety of violation relates to the entire societies’ norms being threatened (Stewart & Strathern, 2004). 995 more words
*Content Warning* for violence, murder.
According to Green and Mesaki (2005) Tanzania is one of the most ‘fertile grounds’ for witchcraft studies. Witchcraft is often a very real part of everyday life for the 100+ ethnic groups living in the country. 976 more words
In West African regions, the body is very much central to ideas of witchcraft. Anthropological analysis can usefully relate this to the work that was conducted by Mary Douglas on purity, pollution and danger, and the connection between body and society. 743 more words
In South Africa, it is not accurately possible to establish a definition or understanding of the visual traits of a witch, as witches are thought to be seemingly ordinary people with no distinguishing features… which in turn is what makes them so dangerous. 963 more words