I’ve just received an email stating that Mary Douglas has passed away. I’ll post more information as I learn it.
Update: Thanks to our commentors, we now have obituaries from “The Times”:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article1805952.ece as well as the “Guardian”:http://education.guardian.co.uk/obituary/story/0,,2082786,00.html as well as a remembrance by “Daniel Miller”:http://www.nyu.edu/projects/materialworld/2007/05/mary_douglas_1921_2007.html at Material World. Many others are linking to many of the other resources on the web about Douglas so I will include here just the highlights, such as this “realtively thorough and up-to-date bibliography”:http://www.semioticon.com/people/Douglas.html and another “video interview with Alan MacFarlane”:http://www.alanmacfarlane.com/ancestors/douglas.htm.
Finally, it’s interesting to note that when I began googling around for confirmation of the email I received about Douglas, the first three blogs to cover her passing were all by biblical scholars.
Update: There is also an “obituary from the New York Times”:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/world/europe/22douglas.html?_r=1&oref=slogin and one from “The Independent written by Adam Kuper”:http://news.independent.co.uk/people/obituaries/article2567955.ece
Update update: One more from “the Telegraph”:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/05/22/db2201.xml&page=1