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Risk and Blame By Professor Mary Douglas

Risk and Blame
by Professor Mary Douglas

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The idea of risk has risen to prominence in political debate and in matters of public policy. This collection follows on from the programme for studying risk and blame that was implied in "Purity and Danger" and developed in subsequent publications.
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Risk and Blame: Essays in Cultural Theory by Professor Mary Douglas

Risk and danger are culturally conditioned ideas. They are shaped by pressures of social life and accepted notions of accountability. The risk analyses that are increasingly being utilised by politicians, aid programmes and business ignore the insights to be gained from social anthropology which can be applied to modern industrial society.
In this collection of recent essays, Mary Douglas develops a programme for studying risk and blame that follows from ideas originally proposed in Purity and Danger. She suggests how political and cultural bias can be incorporated into the study of risk perception and in the discussion of responsibility in public policy.

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Risk and Blame Reviews

"[an] always rewarding collection covering topics as diverse as witchcraft, the usefulness of stigma, the misguided search for the historical Jesus, and the contrasting cultures and consequent effectiveness of Swedish and English trade unions . . . For my money, Douglas's sure grasp of how symbolism is tied to social relations is indispensable in making sense of contemporary religious conflict."
"Characteristic of Douglas' other works, these essays define cultural theory as "a way of thinking about culture that draws the social environment systematically into the picture of individual choices," a "method of analyzing public debates as positions taken in a conflict between cultures" (xi). This definition is of value for how it frames a theory of culture that guides research while compelling us to recognize the real subject of our interest.."
..."Douglas's arguments about the ideological bases of knowledge and consequently its necessary political implications are notonly eloquent but convincing. One can only admire the frankness with which she makes an (avowedly unpopular) case for "hierarchy," and agree that those who appeal instead to abstract "reason" or "justice" are merely less forthright or less lucid."

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Risk and Blame: Essays in Cultural Theory by Professor Mary Douglas
Professor Mary Douglas
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Taylor & Francis Ltd
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