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By Constance Classen,David Howes,Anthony Synnott

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

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