Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell - download pdf or read online

By Constance Classen,David Howes,Anthony Synnott

ISBN-10: 0415114721

ISBN-13: 9780415114721

ISBN-10: 041511473X

ISBN-13: 9780415114738

scent is a social phenomenon, given specific meanings and values through varied cultures. Odours shape the construction blocks of cosmologies, category hierarchies, and political odours. they could implement social constructions or transgress them, unite humans or divide them, empower or disempower. The authors argue that the sociology of odor is repressed in the fashionable West, and its social heritage overlooked. This publication breaks the "olfactory silence" of modernity. It deals the 1st entire exploration of the cultural position of odours in Western historical past - from antiquity to the current. It additionally covers a large variey of non-Western societies. Its subject matters variety from the medieval suggestion of the "odour of sanctity", to the aromatherapies of South the US, and from olfactory stereotypes of gender and ethnicity within the glossy West to the function of scent in postmodernity. Its subject material will fascinate somebody who loves to nostril round within the internal workings of culture.

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