Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 166, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, IX$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264751

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264751.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM BRITISH ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.britishacademy.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright British Academy, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in BASO for personal use.date: 26 June 2022

Margaret Mary Douglas1 1921–2007

Margaret Mary Douglas1 1921–2007

(p.133) (p.134) (p.135) Margaret Mary Douglas1 1921–2007
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 166, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, IX

Richard Fardon

British Academy

Mary Douglas's retirement lasted almost a quarter of a century, quite long enough for her to fade pottering into obscurity. Yet what happened was diametrically, single-mindedly opposite: an increasing productivity well into her eighties; an unchallengeable position within British anthropology's most brilliant professional generation; and a generous reassessment within her own discipline of the work of her mid-career. Few could have predicted this outcome when in 1977 Douglas resigned her professorship at University College London in order to become Director of Research on Culture at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York. Fewer still as she found herself immediately mired in the controversial sacking of the man who had hired her. Yet Douglas emerged from this fray with risk analysis added to the already formidable range of fields on which she wrote. No field of anthropology–religion, symbolism, politics, economics, cognition, to name only a few–was untouched by her ideas.

Keywords:   anthropologist, biography, obituary

British Academy Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.