The Senses in Self, Society, and Culture is the definitive guide to the sociological and anthropological study of the senses. Vannini, Waskul, and Gottschalk provide a comprehensive map of the social and cultural significance of the senses that is woven in a thorough analytical review of classical, recent, and emerging scholarship and grounded in original empirical data that deepens the review and analysis. By bridging cultural/qualitative sociology and cultural/humanistic anthropology, The Senses in Self, Society, and Culture explicitly blurs boundaries that are particularly weak in this field due to the ethnographic scope of much research. Serving both the sociological and anthropological constituencies at once means bridging ethnographic traditions, cultural foci, and socioecological approaches to embodiment and sensuousness. The Senses in Self,Society, and Culture is intended to be a milestone in the social sciences’ somatic turn.
"Vannini (communication and culture, Royal Roads Univ., Canada), Waskul (sociology, Minnesota State Univ.), and Gottschalk (sociology, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas) have produced a marvelous slim book outlining a sociology of the senses….Richly and evocatively written, this book will interest interdisciplinary scholars concerned with the body and somatics, senses, and sensuality. Summing Up: Highly recommended." —CHOICE, J. L. Croissant, University of Arizona
Selected Contents:Part 1: Understanding Sensory Studies. 1. Toward a Sociology of the Senses. 2 The Sensual Body. 3 Sensual Ritual and Performance. 4 Sensuous Scholarship. Part 2: Doing Sensory Research. 5. The Sensuous Self and Identity. 6. A Sense of Place, a Sense of Time. 7. The Sensory Order. 8. Media, Consumer, and Material Culture.
This innovative series is for all readers interested in books that provide frameworks for making sense of the complexities of contemporary social life. Each of the books in this series uses a sociological lens to provide current critical and analytical perspectives on significant social issues, patterns and trends. The series consists of books that integrate the best ideas in sociological thought with an aim toward public education and engagement. These books are designed for use in the classroom as well as for scholars and socially curious general readers.