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In the Active Voice (Routledge Revivals)

By Mary Douglas

© 2011 – Routledge

306 pages

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First published in 1982, this collection of essays is a reproach to a form of the sociology of religion that treats people as the passive objects of impersonal social influences. In opposition to this, the author seeks to assert an active voice style of thinking about the relations between individuals and their cultural environment, whether in economics, history or literary criticism.

This collection is assembled with the guiding principle that all the essays touch upon the borderland between economic values and personal judgements of quality. Several essays illustrate the theme from the place of economics in anthropology and the place of economic behaviour in sociological and cultural criticism. The essay on 'Cultural bias' suggests a systematic method of analysis for investigating social influences on judgement and choice.

Table of Contents

1. Passive Voice Theories in Religious Sociology 2. Goods as a System of Communication 3. Money 4. Food as a System of Communication 5. Good Taste: Review of Pierre Bourdieu, La Distinction 6. Population Control in Primitive Groups 7. Lele Economy Compared with the Bushong: A Study of Economic Backwardness 8. The Exclusion of Economics 9. Cultural Bias 10. Maurice Halbwachs, 1877-1945 11. Judgments on James Frazer 12. The Debate on the Holy: Review of The Making of Late Antiquity by Peter Brown

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture