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The Resource Past scents : historical perspectives on smell, Jonathan Reinarz

Past scents : historical perspectives on smell, Jonathan Reinarz

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Past scents : historical perspectives on smell
Title
Past scents
Title remainder
historical perspectives on smell
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Jonathan Reinarz
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Language
eng
Summary
In this comprehensive and engaging volume, medical historian Jonathan Reinarz offers a historiography of smell from ancient to modern times. Synthesizing existing scholarship in the field, he shows how people have relied on their olfactory sense to understand and engage with both their immediate environments and wider corporal and spiritual worlds. This broad survey demonstrates how each community or commodity possesses, or has been thought to possess, its own peculiar scent. Through the meanings associated with smells, osmologies develop--what cultural anthropologists have termed the systems that utilize smells to classify people and objects in ways that define their relations to each other and their relative values within a particular culture. European Christians, for instance, relied on their noses to differentiate Christians from heathens, whites from people of color, women from men, virgins from harlots, artisans from aristocracy, and pollution from perfume. This reliance on smell was not limited to the global North. Around the world, Reinarz shows, people used scents to signify individual and group identity in a morally constructed universe where the good smelled pleasant and their opposites reeked. With chapters including "Heavenly Scents," "Fragrant Lucre," and "Odorous Others," Reinarz's timely survey is a useful and entertaining look at the history of one of our most important but least-understood senses. --
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Reinarz, Jonathan
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies in sensory history
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  • Odors
  • Odors
  • Smell
  • Perfumes
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Past scents : historical perspectives on smell, Jonathan Reinarz
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (unnumbered page 219-265) and index
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volume
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Content category
text
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Contents
Introduction: picking up the scent: ways of smelling -- Heavenly scents: smell and religion -- Fragrant lucre: the perfume trade -- Odorous others: race and smells -- Seduction and subversion: gender and smell -- Uncommon scents: class and smell -- Mapping the smellscape: smell and the city -- Conclusion: beyond the foul and fragrant
Control code
ocn851347250
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 279 pages
Isbn
9780252034947
Lccn
2013023556
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)851347250
Label
Past scents : historical perspectives on smell, Jonathan Reinarz
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (unnumbered page 219-265) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: picking up the scent: ways of smelling -- Heavenly scents: smell and religion -- Fragrant lucre: the perfume trade -- Odorous others: race and smells -- Seduction and subversion: gender and smell -- Uncommon scents: class and smell -- Mapping the smellscape: smell and the city -- Conclusion: beyond the foul and fragrant
Control code
ocn851347250
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 279 pages
Isbn
9780252034947
Lccn
2013023556
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)851347250

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