The Smell Culture Reader

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Jim Drobnick
Bloomsbury Academic, Aug 7, 2006 - Social Science - 442 pages
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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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Jim Drobnick is Senior Editor at Parachute art magazine and teaches in the MFA Program at Concordia University, Montreal.

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