Day: May 22, 2007

R.I.P. Mary Douglas

Wide-Ranging Anthropologist Is Dead at 86 : “Dame Mary Douglas, an anthropologist whose influence ranged beyond the traditional questions of her field to examine areas as diverse as kosher diets, consumer behavior, environmentalism and humor as she described how humans work together to find shared meaning, died Wednesday in London.” (New York Times ) Douglas’ thoughts on cultural boundaries and the things that fall between them were some of the most influential during my anthropological studies. //graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/05/22/world/22douglas.190.jpg' cannot be displayed]