Rationality of Purity and Danger

Abstract: Mary Douglas, who has died recently, developed her Group / Grid theory based upon her field reseach in West Africa and a deep study of the Old Testament. The gist of her argument: Rationality is not universal, it is culture-dependent. And Culture, understood here as a way-of-life or a sort of Habitus, is a mix of values, behaviour and patterns of organisaion. Culture is shaped by 2 forces, Group and Grid. I intend to elaborate an these, and show how fruitful the theory has been in various empirical fields.

Location: 
Elath Hall, 2nd floor, Feldman Building, Edmond J. Safra Campus
Dates: 
Friday, November 23, 2007 - 10:00 to 12:00
Old Lecturers: 
Emanuel Sivan
Old Lecturers University: 
The Hebrew University