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ISBN 978-9985-58-800-0
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336 pages

Purity and Danger
Mary Douglas
Forword by Patrick Laviolette
Translated from English by Triinu Pakk

12,70 €

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The treatise “Purity and Danger” analyses how people arrange their world by drawing boundaries. In the book Douglas explains in a lively and graceful prose style and by using colourful examples (from dusting to religious practices) the background of perceiving purity and impurity, the sacred and filthy and the influence such categorization has on our whole understanding of the world.

For whom do we draw the boundaries between what is allowed and what is forbidden? Why do borderline phenomena make us uncomfortable? The patterns, dividing the world into what is allowed and what is forbidden, pass through all levels of the being, becoming apparent both in great narratives and numerous everyday practices.

In 1991  the “Purity and Danger” was listed among the hundred non-fiction books, which have most influenced the Western public discourse since the Second World War, by the Times Literary Supplement.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-798-0
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302 pages

Essay on the Gift: Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Societies
Marcel Mauss
Foreword by Mary Douglas, afterword by Laur Vallikivi
Translation from French by Anti Saar
Translation of foreword from English by Triinu Pakk

14,60 €

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There are no gifts without ulterior motives. A symbolic part of oneself is given with each gift and something is always expected in return – a gift is a part of the system of reciprocal relationships, where both an honour of the giver and receiver of the gift are at stake. Although giving gifts may be a way of avoiding a war between communities, as well as an attempt to convince the God to make a gift in return, exchanging gifts has always been a guarantee of good relations, as well as  politics and economy have  always been based on the psychology of giving gifts. Giving gifts is an act of solidarity between people, the effects of which reach all structures of the society.

“Essay on the Gift”, a masterpiece of Marcel Mauss, focuses on  exchange activies of the traditional societies of Melanesia, Polynesia and the Pacific Northwest by studying the religions, legal, economic and mythological aspects of giving and receiving gifts.  The study unites ethnology, historical science and sociology and is considered as one of the most significant texts of the 20th century anthropology.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-796-6
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368 pages

Culture Builders: A Historical Anthropology of Middle-Class Life
Orvar Löfgren, Jonas Frykman.
Translated from English by Olavi Teppan


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"Culture Builders" deals with the development of middle-class lifestyle and the values, views and mentalities that evolved at the turn of the 19th century and on into the 20th century – characteristics that seem so natural and obvious today. By differentiating such topics as the understanding of time, home, nature, cleanliness and discipline, the authors show exactly how these ideas developed and where they originated from. This enjoyable and captivating work on everyday life and identity is based on diversified sources ranging from personal memories to cookery and etiquette books.

The authors, Jonas Frykman and Orvar Löfgren, ethnology professors at Lund University, are among the most remarkable cultural researchers. "Culture Builders" is their best-known work. It has remained in the study programmes of many universities for a number of years and attracted broad readership outside the academic world.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-741-6 Paperback
296 pages

Strukturaalantropoloogia: valik artikleid 
Structural Anthropology: Selected Articles (in Estonian)
Claude Lévi-Strauss
Compiled by Marek Tamm, translated by Anti Saar, preface by Toomas Gross

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This compendium of works by the French anthropologist and ethnologist Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908 –2009) is based on three collections of articles published during the author’s lifetime: Anthropologie structurale(1958), Anthropologie structurale deux (1973) and Le regard éloigné (1983), and includes text originally published in Annales E.S.C.

The book covers Lévi-Strauss’s main research themes: family, kinship, and myth, and it places particular emphasis on the author’s methodological articles.
This compendium may be of interest to those engaged in the humanitarian and social sciences, and may be useful as university learning material.