Why is it so hard to investigate taboo topics? A myriad of forces
shape and fashion human action, reaction, thought, and feeling, and
these are not always well understood. Norman L. Farberow argues
that culture itself provides structure for its members, developing
in a well-defined way the rules to which they will conform. Such
rules find expression not only in written laws and regulations but
include, and most often stem from, unwritten folkways, customs, and
especially taboos, the subject of this book.
The researchers reporting in this volume take no position on the
nature of a taboo itself, but concentrate on the difficulty in
investigating taboos. As members of society and human beings, they
do make judgments and personal investments. Thus, when taboos
continue or develop without useful society-enriching functions or
facilitate self-destructive activities, they raise questions about
why they persist.
Such topics include many areas--some social, such as sex, death,
and peace; others more academic, such as parapsychology,
graphology, religion, and hypnosis. Peace and the public are
included in the discussion because they are emotion-laden areas and
powerful and important factors in a shrinking world and expanding
universe. Peace, especially, has begun to be looked upon with
suspicion--perhaps a real commentary on our times. This probing
collection will be sure to interest sociologists, anthropologists,
and all other social scientists.
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Norman L. Farberow
Gordon W. Allport
Jonathan B. Imber
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