Mary Douglas's scientific contributions

Citations

... In line with Douglas' (1966) argument that 'absolute dirt' does not exist, these two examples show that whether a cell is kept 'tidy and clean' is always the result of a subjective assessment, shaped by the officers' views and stereotypes regarding certain offenders (e.g. the 'grubby paedophiles') and their ways of exerting authority (e.g. to make a remark only when the cell is 'really dirty'). In prison, however, these assessments have powerful consequences. ...