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Uncleanness and Taboo Draw the Lines of the World

Mary Douglas

in Jacob's Tears: The Priestly Work of Reconciliation

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199265237
eISBN:
9780191602054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199265232.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Taboos are effective for guarding thought, and this chapter is about the equivalent role of performance in protecting what is known: it suggests that taboos should be seen as performative acts that ... More


The Rules of Denial

Eviatar Zerubavel

in The Elephant in the Room: Silence and Denial in Everyday Life

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195187175
eISBN:
9780199943371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195187175.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter addresses the social organization of denial. Focus shifts as social attitudes change. Noticing and ignoring are always performed by members of particular social communities with ... More


Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

Eviatar Zerubavel

in The Elephant in the Room: Silence and Denial in Everyday Life

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195187175
eISBN:
9780199943371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195187175.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Silence breakers force the acknowledgment of things that people specifically prefer to ignore to avoid hurt or upset. Denial helps protect others besides oneself. The notion that “some things are ... More


Translation and the ‘Surreptitious Classic’: Obscenity and Translatability

Deborah H. Roberts

in Translation and the Classic: Identity as Change in the History of Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199288076
eISBN:
9780191713439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288076.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter is concerned with the translation into English (chiefly between 1800 and 1950) of obscene or erotic elements in classical texts. Cultures vary widely in their construction of sexual and ... More


Tribal Law and Its Breaches

S.C. Dube

in The Kamar

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198077312
eISBN:
9780199081158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077312.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

This chapter focuses on the laws being upheld by the Kamar society and its possible breaches. It observes that the present tribal administrative system of the Kamars is similar to the British ... More


Postmobilization Romance: Transforming Military Rejection into Modernist Tragedy and Symbolism

Keith Gandal

in The Gun and the Pen: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner and the Fiction of Mobilization

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195338911
eISBN:
9780199867127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338911.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, American, 20th Century Literature

These three authors, although compulsively writing out of a distress engendered by their “mobilization wounds,” learned by the time of writing their twenties masterpieces to submerge and transfigure ... More


Coordination

ROBERT V. DODGE

in Schelling's Game Theory: How to Make Decisions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199857203
eISBN:
9780199932597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199857203.003.0014
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Behavioural Economics

People in Britain and the former British colonies drive on the left-hand side of the road while those in the U.S. and most of the rest of the world drive on the right. This chapter explores the ... More


Writers: The Younger Generation

Ellen Wiles

in Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts: Literary Life in Myanmar Under Censorship and in Transition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231173285
eISBN:
9780231539296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231173285.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Asian Politics

This chapter explores the lives and literary work of the younger generation of contemporary writers in Myanmar through three writers: Nay Phone Latt, blogger, former political prisoner, short story ... More


Genetic Explanation in Totem and Taboo

Jerome Neu

in On Loving Our Enemies: Essays in Moral Psychology

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199862986
eISBN:
9780199949762
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862986.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

“One day the brothers who had been driven out came together, killed and devoured their father and so made an end of the patriarchal horde” (Freud 1912–13, 141). The “one day” of this sentence is not ... More


Nubian Ceremonial Life: Studies in Islamic Syncretism and Cultural Change

John G. Kennedy

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9789774249556
eISBN:
9781617970955
Item type:
book
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774249556.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

The building of Egypt's High Dam in the 1960s erased innumerable historic treasures, but it also forever obliterated the ancient land of a living people, the Nubians. In the period 1963–64, they were ... More


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