Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and by Mary Douglas

By Mary Douglas

In Purity and Danger Mary Douglas identifies the fear for purity as a key subject on the center of each society. In energetic and lucid prose she explains its relevance for each reader by means of revealing its wide-ranging impression on our attitudes to society, values, cosmology and data. The e-book has been highly influential in lots of parts of discussion - from faith to social idea. yet probably its most crucial position is to provide each one reader a brand new rationalization of why humans behave within the approach they do. With a specifically commissioned advent through the writer which assesses the continued value of the paintings thirty-five years on, this Routledge Classics version will make sure that Purity and Danger keeps to problem and query good into the recent millennium.

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For institutional This SAGE ebook is copyright and is supplied by NetLibrary. Unauthorised distribution forbidden. 36 Changing classes reasons, Britain can be expected to lean towards the North American model. The residual nature of their welfare states and their decentralized industrial relations framework should facilitate the growth of a large low-wage service proletariat. The absence of a comprehensive employment training system may produce a substan­ tial labor force lacking in skills. It follows that a sizable proportion of the active population is likely to be blocked from upward occupational mobility.

2o This is most likely to occur where trade unions are weak or entirely absent, but could also occur within informal and hidden economies. Two, the service proletariat will also grow large with the expansion of social services. Since a large share of family reproductive activities are labor-intensive and unskilled, their export into the welfare state (or private market) implies a growth of unskilled service workers. The Baumol cost-disease problem is averted in this case since these jobs are publicly subsidized.

At the other extreme, both Norway and Sweden feature welfare state and industrial relations institutions that are explicitly designed to influence the employment structure. The social wage guarantee is extraordinarily high, thus reducing the individual's compulsion to accept unattractive jobs; both welfare states feature a strong commitment to collective services, thus directing employment towards welfare state service jobs; both are internationally the epitome of a full employment guarantee . In both cases, we find extraordinarily comprehensive and centralized trade union systems which, for decades, have pursued solidaristic wage bargaining policies aimed at minimizing earnings differentials.

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