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Matter Out of Place

Anthropological Explorations of Bodies, Dirt and Morality

Edited by Rebecca Lynch, Joseph Calabrese, and Roland Littlewood

Afterword by André Singer

204 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-683-3 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (October 2024)

eISBN 978-1-80539-684-0 eBook Not Yet Published


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“The chapters are engaging and of an ambitious nature. I found the collection to be highly readable and also liked the array of different topics and perspectives covered.” • Kirsten Bell, Imperial College

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Anthropologists often use ‘pollution’ to refer to social and individual challenges to a cultural idea of purity, which may be seen in terms of religious practice, foodstuffs and social differentiation. It has been used as a trope to explore ideas of dirt and place, moral inversion and reinforcement, disgust and taboo.

The book is an invitation to consider the continued relevance of Mary Douglas’ conceptualization of pollution and dirt as ‘matter out of place’ in relation to contemporary circumstances. Its ethnographic and theoretical contributions cover diverse contexts, ranging from Europe to Africa, the Caribbean, India and Outer Space.

Rebecca Lynch is Lecturer in Medical Anthropology at the University of Exeter. Her work explores the body and biomedicine, particularly bodily fluids and boundaries, bodily relations with non-humans (e.g., technologies), morality and biomedical categorization.

Roland Littlewood is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Psychiatry at University College London. He is a former president of the RAI and has published eight books.

Joseph Calabrese is Reader in Medical Anthropology at University College London. He has undertaken fieldwork in the Navajo Nation, Haiti, the USA, and Bhutan.

Subject: Anthropology (General)Anthropology of ReligionSociology


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