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Description - The Smell Culture Reader by Jim Drobnick

Smell is fundamental to experience but mired in paradox. Stigmatized as animalistic, it nonetheless feeds a vast fragrance and marketing industry. Considered ephemeral, scents have survived throughout the ages in a number of religious practices. The Smell Culture Reader provides a much-needed overview of what is arguably the most elusive sense. From hygiene to aromatherapy, the fetid to the fragrant, smells are shown to be much more than just an adornment or a nuisance. Addressing this engaging sense in redolent detail, The Smell Culture Reader demonstrates how essential smell is to sexuality, social status, personal identity, and cultural tradition.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845202132
ISBN-10: 1845202139
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Pages: 456
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jim Drobnick

Jim Drobnick is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Manchester. He is the editor of Aural Cultures (2004), co-author of Museopathy (2002) and CounterPoses (2002), and is working on a book on smell in contemporary art.

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