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Sensory Studies


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This series comprises cutting-edge case studies, syntheses and translations in the emergent field of sensory studies. Building on the success of the Sensory Formations series, this series, edited by David Howes, provides an invaluable resource for those involved in research or teaching courses on the senses as object of study and/or means of inquiry. Embracing the insights of a wide array of humanities and social science disciplines, the field of sensory studies has emerged as the most comprehensive and dynamic framework yet for making sense of human experience. This series offers something for every disciplinary taste and sensory inclination.

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Doing Ethnography in the Wake of the Displacement of Transnational Sex Workers in Yokohama Sensuous Remembering

Doing Ethnography in the Wake of the Displacement of Transnational Sex Workers in Yokohama: Sensuous Remembering

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Ayaka Yoshimizu
November 23, 2021

Doing Ethnography in the Wake of the Displacement of Transnational Sex Workers in Yokohama reflects on the politics, poetics and ethics of remembering the lives of transnational migrant sex workers in postcolonial Japan. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in the port city of Yokohama, the book ...

A Sensory Education

A Sensory Education

1st Edition

By Anna Harris
December 11, 2020

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 ...

Sounding Out Japan A Sensory Ethnographic Tour

Sounding Out Japan: A Sensory Ethnographic Tour

1st Edition

By Richard Chenhall, Tamara Kohn, Carolyn S. Stevens
November 27, 2020

This book takes the reader on a sensory ethnographic tour in Japan and describes the many ways sounds seep into everyday experiences. So many ethnographies describe local worlds with a deep attention to what is seen and what people say, but with a limited understanding of the broader sonic ...

The Life of the Senses Introduction to a Modal Anthropology

The Life of the Senses: Introduction to a Modal Anthropology

1st Edition

By François Laplantine
February 26, 2015

Both a vital theoretical work and a fine illustration of the principles and practice of sensory ethnography, this much anticipated translation is destined to figure as a major catalyst in the expanding field of sensory studies.Drawing on his own fieldwork in Brazil and Japan and a wide range of ...

Sensory Arts and Design

Sensory Arts and Design

1st Edition

Edited By Ian Heywood
July 26, 2018

Artists, designers and researchers are increasingly seeking new ways to understand and explore the creative and practical significance of the senses. This ground-breaking book brings art and design into the field of sensory studies providing a clear introduction to the field and outlining important...

Race and the Senses The Felt Politics of Racial Embodiment

Race and the Senses: The Felt Politics of Racial Embodiment

1st Edition

By Sachi Sekimoto, Christopher Brown
March 05, 2020

In Race and the Senses, Sachi Sekimoto and Christopher Brown explore the sensorial and phenomenological materiality of race as it is felt and sensed by the racialized subjects. Situating the lived body as an active, affective, and sensing participant in racialized realities, they argue that race is...

The Invention of Taste A Cultural Account of Desire, Delight and Disgust in Fashion, Food and Art

The Invention of Taste: A Cultural Account of Desire, Delight and Disgust in Fashion, Food and Art

1st Edition

By Luca Vercelloni
September 21, 2017

The Invention of Taste provides a detailed overview of the development of taste, from ancient times to the present. At the heart of the book is an intriguing question: why did the sensory attribute of human taste become a social metaphor and aesthetic value for judging cultural qualities of art, ...

Sensing the World An Anthropology of the Senses

Sensing the World: An Anthropology of the Senses

1st Edition

By David Le Breton
November 02, 2017

Sensing the World: An Anthropology of the Senses is a highly original and comprehensive overview of the anthropology and sociology of the body and the senses. Discussing each sense in turn – seeing, hearing, touch, smell, and taste – Le Breton has written a truly monumental work, vast in scope and ...

Ritual, Performance and the Senses

Ritual, Performance and the Senses

1st Edition

Edited By Michael Bull, Jon P. Mitchell
August 25, 2016

Ritual has long been a central concept in anthropological theories of religious transmission. Ritual, Performance and the Senses offers a new understanding of how ritual enables religious representations - ideas, beliefs, values - to be shared among participants.Focusing on the body and the ...

Food and Multiculture A Sensory Ethnography of East London

Food and Multiculture: A Sensory Ethnography of East London

1st Edition

By Alex Rhys-Taylor
August 23, 2018

In this book, Alex Rhys-Taylor offers a ground-breaking sensory ethnography of East London. Drawing on the multicultural context of London, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, he explores concepts such as gentrification, class antagonism, new ethnicities and globalization. Rhys-Taylor...

Heritage Formation and the Senses in Post-Apartheid South Africa Aesthetics of Power

Heritage Formation and the Senses in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Aesthetics of Power

1st Edition

By Duane Jethro
November 14, 2019

In this book, Duane Jethro creates a framework for understanding the role of the senses in processes of heritage formation. He shows how the senses were important for crafting and successfully deploying new, nation-building heritage projects in South Africa during the postapartheid period. The book...

The Sound of the Sky Being Torn A Political Ecology of Military Aircraft Noise

The Sound of the Sky Being Torn: A Political Ecology of Military Aircraft Noise

1st Edition

By Rupert Cox
January 28, 2016

Declared the ‘sound of freedom’ by the US military, the noise of military jets flying at great speed is regarded as a strategic show of force and national pride. For those living on the aural borders of domestic and overseas US airbases, however, the roar of aircraft noise can be a source of ...

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