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By Constance Classen,David Howes,Anthony Synnott

ISBN-10: 0415114721

ISBN-13: 9780415114721

ISBN-10: 041511473X

ISBN-13: 9780415114738

odor is a social phenomenon, given specific meanings and values by way of assorted cultures. Odours shape the construction blocks of cosmologies, type 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 historical past neglected. This publication breaks the "olfactory silence" of modernity. It deals the 1st complete exploration of the cultural function of odours in Western background - from antiquity to the current. It additionally covers a large variey of non-Western societies. Its themes variety from the medieval inspiration 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 odor in postmodernity. Its subject material will fascinate somebody who loves to nostril round within the internal workings of culture.

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