New PDF release: Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell

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, classification 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 trendy West, and its social heritage overlooked. This booklet breaks the "olfactory silence" of modernity. It deals the 1st finished exploration of the cultural position of odours in Western background - from antiquity to the current. It additionally covers a large variey of non-Western societies. Its issues variety from the medieval thought of the "odour of sanctity", to the aromatherapies of South the United States, and from olfactory stereotypes of gender and ethnicity within the glossy West to the position of odor in postmodernity. Its material will fascinate an individual who loves to nostril round within the internal workings of culture.

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