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1st Edition

A Sensory Education

ISBN 9781350061651
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
204 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A Sensory Education takes a close look at how sensory awareness is learned and taught in expert and everyday settings around the world. Anna Harris shows that our sensing is not innate or acquired, but in fact evolves through learning that is shaped by social and material relations. The chapters feature diverse sources of sensory education, including field manuals, mannequins, cookbooks and flavour charts. The examples range from medical training and forest bathing to culinary and perfumery classes. Offering a valuable guide to the uncanny and taken-for-granted ways in which adults are trained to improve their senses, this book will be of interest to disciplines including anthropology and sociology as well as food studies and sensory studies.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781003084341 has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents


Lesson 1 How to make a cyanometer and other lessons in blue

1. New vocabularies

Lesson 2 How to teach medicine, with food

2. Sensory school 

Lesson 3 How to knit a uterus

3. Sensory instructions

Lesson 4 Sensory food gatherings

4. Workshopping 

Lesson 5 Make your own lesson

5. Repackaging sensations  

Lesson 6 Observation exercises

6. Engineering noticing 

Something sensible by way of a conclusion


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Anna Harris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Society Studies at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.