It is the habit of anthropologists not to cave under the pressure of mainstream discourse. Here at Anthropoliteia we particularly like to think of the anthropology of policing and security as a critical mode of thought that addresses central issues in society. The attack on Charlie Hebdo obviously belongs to that category. I would like to make a short statement to intervene in the debate about this horrible event by revisiting Mary Douglas’ Purity and Danger.
Charlie Hebdo, purity, danger and taboo: Lessons from Mary Douglas
Paul Mutsaers, the first in a new forum “Secularism and Security after Charlie Hebdo“Standard