Purity and Danger at 50
Mary Douglas since 1966
A roundtable symposium
9th December 2016
Supported through the Culture and Communication Research Theme
It’s 50 years since the publication of Mary Douglas’ landmark Purity and Danger. P&D has had a lasting influence in guiding scholars to think about dirt, disgust, contagion, profanity, risk, pollution, cleanliness, hygiene, classification, death, sex, othering and much else. It ranks amongst the top one hundred most influential non-fiction works of the post-war period (TLS).
This event platforms twenty scholars presenting their research into, ‘matter out of place’ in contexts as varied as racism, terror, gender, biosecurity, antibiotics, finance, brexit, cities, risk management, drag, self-harm, menstruation, class, food, household cleaning, etc.
Organisers: Nik Brown and Sarah Nettleton (Sociology), Mark Jenner (History) and Philip Linsley (TYMS)
Programme available shortly