Rules and Meanings

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Psychology Press, Sep 5, 2002 - Social Science - 319 pages
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First published in 1973, Rules and Meanings is an anthology of works that form part of Mary Douglas' struggle to devise an anthropological modernism conducive to her opposition to reputedly modernizing trends in contemporary society. The collection contains works by Wittgenstein, Schutz, Husserl, Hertz and other continentals. The underlying themes of the anthology are the construction of meaning, the force of hidden background assumptions, tacit conventions and the power of spatial organization to reinforce words. The work serves to complement the philosophers' work on everyday language with the anthropologists' theory of everyday knowledge.
  

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basicof cognitive anthro and some articles of legends of anthropology

Contents

Introduction
9
Tacit Conventions
15
H Garfinkel 1967
21
Part
27
E E EvansPritchard 1949
38
J C Fans 1968
45
E Husserl 1929 and 1907
60
Orientations in Time and Space
71
S J Tambiah 1969
127
R Bulmer 1967
167
Part Five
195
T Wolfe 1968
212
Part Seven
225
H Hesse 1943
240
S M Salim 1962
253
R Vailland 1957
266

H Garfinkel 1967
87
P Gidal 1971
111
F Steiner 1956
125

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About the author (2002)

Born in Italy, Mary Douglas was educated at Oxford University and began her career as a civil servant in 1943. Her first field research was carried out in what was then the Belgian Congo and she taught at Oxford and the University of London before moving to the United States in 1977. Purity and Danger (1966) is an essay about the logic of pollution beliefs, suggesting that ideas about dirt and disorder outline and reinforce particular social orders. Her other essays exploring the implicit meanings of cultural symbols follow a similar Durkheimian format. Her recent interests have turned to analysis of risk behavior and cross-cultural attitudes about food and alcohol.

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