Sensual Relations: Engaging the Senses in Culture and Social Theory

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472068463
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 10/21/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

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
Notes 235
References 249
Index 273
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