Preface: David Le Breton and the Sociality of Sensation David Howes Introduction 1. Sensing the World: An Anthropology of the Senses 2. From Seeing to Knowing: Sight, the Reflective Sense 3. Listening to the World: Hearing, the Sense of Understanding 4. Skin Deep: Touch, the Sense of Contact 5. Smelling and Feeling, the Self and the Other 6. Savouring the World: From Taste in Food to the Taste for Life 7. The Cuisine of Disgust Overture References Index
Overview of the anthropology and sociology of the body and the senses, written by a leading authority on the subject: now finally available in English.
David Le Breton is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Strasbourg, France.
David Le Breton's sensory anthropology savors the world in the full multiplicity of embodied experience. From sharing (or not) mescaline rituals of healing in Peru to Jacob's misled touch of Isaac in the book of Genesis, from the history of sensory thought spanning Western culture from Plato to Merleau-Ponty and many more contemporary authors to the anatomy of sensory and moral disgust, Le Breton's book is a celebration of the senses and the importance of what sensory studies can reveal about them to the reader. * Richard Newhauser, Arizona State University, USA * Leaving no sensation unfelt, no sense ignored, this is a book to savour slowly but voraciously, an introduction to a relational approach to the sociology and anthropology of the senses which English speakers have deprived of for far too long. * Phillip Vannini, Royal Roads University, Canada * This is an important contribution to the English-language corpus of social science literature on the senses. The exciting and original contribution of this book lies in its discussion of disgust: the book as a whole promises to have a major contribution to debates across a range of different disciplines and sub-disciplines. * Jon P. Mitchell, University of Sussex, UK *