Rules and Meanings: The Anthropology of Everyday Knowledge (Penguin modern sociology readings)

By Mary Douglas

First released in 1973, Rules and Meanings is an anthology of works that shape a part of Mary Douglas' fight to plot an anthropological modernism conducive to her competition to apparently modernizing developments in modern society. the gathering comprises works through Wittgenstein, Schutz, Husserl, Hertz and different continentals. The underlying subject matters of the anthology are the development of which means, the strength of hidden history assumptions, tacit conventions and the ability of spatial association to augment phrases. The paintings serves to counterpoint the philosophers' paintings on daily language with the anthropologists' idea of daily wisdom.

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