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With audacious dexterity, David Howes weaves together topics ranging from love and beauty magic in Papua New Guinea to nasal repression in Freudian psychology and from the erasure and recovery of the senses in contemporary ethnography to the specter of the body in Marx. Through this eclectic and penetrating exploration of the relationship between sensory experience and cultural expression, Sensual Relations contests the conventional exclusion of sensuality from intellectual inquiry and reclaims sensation as a fundamental domain of social theory.
David Howes is Professor of Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.
|List of Illustrations|
|Pt. I||Making Sense in Anthropology|
|Ch. 1||Taking Leave of Our Senses: A Survey of the Senses and Critique of the Textual Revolution in Ethnographic Theory||3|
|Ch. 2||Coming to Our Senses: The Sensual Turn in Anthropological Understanding||29|
|Pt. 2||Melanesian Sensory Formations|
|Ch. 3||On the Pleasures of Fasting, Appearing, and Being Heard in the Massim World||61|
|Ch. 4||On Being in Good Taste: Gustatory Cannibalism and Exchange Psychology||95|
|Ch. 5||The Visible and the Invisible in a Middle Sepik Society||124|
|Ch. 6||Comparison of Massim and Middle Sepik Ways of Sensing the World||160|
|Pt. 3||Libidinal and Political Economies of the Senses|
|Ch. 7||Oedipus In/Out of the Trobriands: A Sensuous Critique of Freudian Theory||175|
|Ch. 8||The Material Body of the Commodity: Sensing Marx||204|