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Forbidden Fruits
Taboos and Tabooism in Culture
Edited by Ray B. Browne

Popular Culture

One of the firmest grips held on culture is that of taboos, so deeply rooted are they in human psyche and viscera: they are matters of bone and muscle. The immediate and automatic response that taboos call forth is almost blind and always difficult to overcome.


Yet overcome taboos we must. Any civilization beating its way toward improvement must bring the taboos of its people to the light of reason, examine them and discard those that for any of many reasons are useless or dangerous.


This volume examines the concept of taboos and tabooism and a dozen powerful ones in our society and suggests the control they exert on our everyday lives.

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Cover of book is light yellow with a black and white cartoon image of a man sitting down.

LC: 84-071938 HM
200 pp. 6 x 9
5 b/w photos, 5 b/w illus., 1 b/w fig.
ISBN 978-0-87972-255-5
Cloth $22.95 t
ISBN 978-0-87972-256-2
Paper $10.95 t

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