Mary Douglas Quotes


21 Mary Douglas quotes:



"Real equality is immensely difficult to achieve, it needs continual revision and monitoring of distributions. And it does not provide buffers between members, so they are continually colliding or frustrating each other."
"If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization."
"Any great organization can go through sectarian phases."
"Behind a leader there must be followers, but they should always be on the lookout for the main chance and ready to change sides if the current leader doesn't deliver."
"Enclave life becomes very tense, Even when they do elect a leader, the factions remain, with the threat of splitting off."
"Every year the progress of advanced capitalist society makes our population consist of more and more isolates. This is because of the infrastructure of the economy, especially electronic communications."
"Inequality can have a bad downside, but equality, for its part, sure does get in the way of coordination."
"Islam is in principle egalitarian, and has always had problems with power."
"Mormons... are so strong, they can handle wealth, they are confident. I think it is because they are not bogged down by rules for equality, but have a firmly defined system of relative status and responsible command."
"Our technological infrastructure alienates us from each other. No need to form a workplace community, everybody there will be out in a year or two, and so will you, looking for a better place."
"Pretensions to moral superiority are devastatingly destructive."
"I am convinced that living in an enclave shapes the personality, and living alone shapes the personality too."
"Since 1970, relationships can be more volatile, jobs more ephemeral, geographical mobility more intensified, stability of marriage weaker."
"Hierarchy is is much reviled in the present day."
"Hierarchy works well in a stable environment."
"I am sure it must be true that people opt out of the mainstream society because they feel that there are going to be no rewards for them, if they stay."
"The history of the Church of Rome is a constant leakage of members into such breakaway cults, which go on splitting."
"The natural response of the old-timers is to build a strong moral wall against the outside. This is where the world starts to be painted in black and white, saints inside, and sinners outside the wall."
"The theory of cultural bias... is the idea that a culture is based on a particular form of organization. It can't be transplanted except to another variant of that organization."
"What did our nation ever do to provoke these madly vicious enemies? What is seen as injustice in one place is seen as just requital in the other."



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