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26.1.05

Mary Douglas, Hierarchist

In an earlier post I engaged in a bit of speculative meta-Cultural Theory. I observed that Aaron Wildavsky -- one of the founders of Cultural Theory -- and Virginia Postrel -- who invented a system quite like Cultural Theory -- would both fall into the "individualist" cultural camp, and wondered whether Cultural Theory itself might not be especially appealing to individualists. After all, it does envision a competition among visions of the world that is consonant with individualists' love of the market. Sadly, it seems the situation is more complex. Today I came across a passage (in Risk and Blame) in which Mary Douglas, the central figure in Cultural Theory, asserts herself to be a hierarchist.

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