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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 means of varied 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 scent is repressed in the trendy West, and its social heritage overlooked. This ebook breaks the "olfactory silence" of modernity. It bargains the 1st complete exploration of the cultural function of odours in Western heritage - from antiquity to the current. It additionally covers a large variey of non-Western societies. Its subject matters variety from the medieval idea of the "odour of sanctity", to the aromatherapies of South the US, and from olfactory stereotypes of gender and ethnicity within the sleek West to the position of scent in postmodernity. Its material will fascinate someone who loves to nostril round within the internal workings of culture.

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