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By Constance Classen,David Howes,Anthony Synnott

scent is a social phenomenon, given specific meanings and values by means of various cultures. Odours shape the development blocks of cosmologies, type 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 trendy West, and its social heritage neglected. This e-book breaks the "olfactory silence" of modernity. It bargains the 1st accomplished exploration of the cultural function of odours in Western historical past - from antiquity to the current. It additionally covers a large variey of non-Western societies. Its themes diversity from the medieval idea 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 function of odor in postmodernity. Its subject material will fascinate an individual who loves to nostril round within the internal workings of culture.

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