Tag: Mary Douglas

Ep #52: An exploration of truth & trust: This month on TFS

The Familiar Strange , February 23rd, 2020


Welcome to our first podcast of 2020! And to kick of the new year season of TFS, we are joined by the lovely Kirsty Wissing, PhD candidate from…


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Waste is not “matter out of place”

Max Liboiron , September 9th, 2019


Douglas’ theory of matter out of place is about power. Something in the wrong spot, something poisonous, is not matter out of place. Unless it threatens power.


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The one thing that changed everything: Complex illness & the functional fallacy of a singular cause

Julia Brown , July 28th, 2019


When I asked my research participants what they felt had caused theirs or their patient’s schizophrenia, it was often put down to one thing or another, rather than…


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Ep. #38 When good intention isn’t enough: Jacqui Hoepner on morally repulsive public health research & academic freedom

Julia Brown , May 26th, 2019


“I went into this thinking that objectivity and neutrality were the Name of the Game. That you couldn’t do good research if you were in any way biased…


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The Limits of Academic Freedom

The Familiar Strange , May 23rd, 2018


We need to acknowledge the role we all play in silencing research. Consider the times we have dismissed a colleague’s idea because it ‘isn’t worth it’, or immediately…


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Expats, Tourists and “Matter out of Place”

Jodie-Lee Trembath , May 9th, 2018


Using Mary Douglas’s notion of matter out of place, I posit that when the government changed the law and increased their negative rhetoric about foreign workers, people like…


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The Anthropology of Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

Rex , January 30th, 2017


Ever since the pioneering work of Mary Douglas on risk back in 1992, anthropologists have understood that there is a difference between what is actually dangerous and what…


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