Re: Anthropology of the Senses

karl h schwerin (schwerin@UNM.EDU)
Wed, 11 Oct 1995 15:53:32 -0600

On Mon, 9 Oct 1995, BERNARD HIBBITTS wrote:

> Dear Listmembers,
> Is anyone out there active or interested in the "anthropology of the
> senses" - how the senses are classified in various societies, how and
> with what effect they are used or deployed in particular social contexts,
> how societies may revise their evaluation of them over time, how they
> can intervene in cross-cultural contacts and analysis, etc.?
> I'm familiar with Stoller's *Taste of Ethnographic Things*, Howe's
> *Varieties of Sensory Experience* and Classen's *Worlds of Sense*, and
> I've written a couple of law review articles myself on the relationship
> between the senses and law (in the contexts of performance and
> metaphor), but I'd be most interested in hearing from people who are
> doing or contemplating new work in the area (or, for that matter, from
> those who just have an opinion on the place of the senses in
> anthropological study).

In addition, see:

Ackerman, Diane. 1991. A natural history of the senses. New York:
Vintage Books

Classen, Constance; David Howes & Anthony Synnott. 1994. Aroma: The
cultural history of smell. New York: Routledge

Goody, Jack. 1993. The culture of flowers. New York: Cambridge Univ. Press

Lake, Max. Scents land esnsuality: The essence of excitement.

Le Guerer, Annick. Scient: The mysterious and essential pwoers of

Seremetakis, C. Nadia (ed.). 1994. The scented ape. The biology and
culture of human odour. New York: Cambridge Univ. press

Taussig, Michael (yet again). 1993. Mimesis and alterity: A particular
history of the sesnes. New York: Routledge

> If you prefer to reply privately to this post, please e-mail me at
> Many thanks.
> Bernard J. Hibbitts
> Associate Professor
> University of Pittsburgh
> School of Law

Karl Schwerin SnailMail: Dept. of Anthropology
Univ. of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131

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