Sensual Relations

Engaging the Senses in Culture and Social Theory

Subjects: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Asian Studies
Paperback : 9780472068463, 288 pages, 2 drawings, 1 table, 2 maps, 3 illustrations, 6 x 9, October 2003
Ebook : 9780472026227, 288 pages, 2 drawings, 1 table, 2 maps, 3 illustrations, February 2010
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Offers a full-bodied approach to the study of culture in which each sense serves as a potent register of meaning

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With audacious dexterity, David Howes weaves together topics ranging from love and beauty magic in Papua New Guinea to nasal repression in Freudian psychology and from the erasure and recovery of the senses in contemporary ethnography to the specter of the body in Marx. Through this eclectic and penetrating exploration of the relationship between sensory experience and cultural expression, Sensual Relations contests the conventional exclusion of sensuality from intellectual inquiry and reclaims sensation as a fundamental domain of social theory.
David Howes is Professor of Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.