Smell Detectives

Author: Melanie A. Kiechle
Editor: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295741945
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What did nineteenth-century cities smell like? And how did odors matter in the formation of a modern environmental consciousness? Smell Detectives follows the nineteenth-century Americans who used their noses to make sense of the sanitary challenges caused by rapid urban and industrial growth. Melanie Kiechle examines nuisance complaints, medical writings, domestic advice, and myriad discussions of what constituted fresh air, and argues that nineteenth-century city dwellers, anxious about the air they breathed, attempted to create healthier cities by detecting and then mitigating the most menacing odors. Medical theories in the nineteenth century assumed that foul odors caused disease and that overcrowded cities—filled with new and stronger stinks—were synonymous with disease and danger. But the sources of offending odors proved difficult to pinpoint. The creation of city health boards introduced new conflicts between complaining citizens and the officials in charge of the air. Smell Detectives looks at the relationship between the construction of scientific expertise, on the one hand, and “common sense”—the olfactory experiences of common people—on the other. Although the rise of germ theory revolutionized medical knowledge and ultimately undid this form of sensory knowing, Smell Detectives recovers how city residents used their sense of smell and their health concerns about foul odors to understand, adjust to, and fight against urban environmental changes.

The Smell Of Risk

Author: Hsuan L. Hsu
Editor: NYU Press
ISBN: 1479810096
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A timely exploration of how odor seeps into structural inequality Our sense of smell is a uniquely visceral—and personal—form of experience. As Hsuan L. Hsu points out, smell has long been spurned by Western aesthetics as a lesser sense for its qualities of subjectivity, volatility, and materiality. But it is these very qualities that make olfaction a vital tool for sensing and staging environmental risk and inequality. Unlike the other senses, smell extends across space and reaches into our bodies. Hsu traces how writers, artists, and activists have deployed these embodied, biochemical qualities of smell in their efforts to critique and reshape modernity’s olfactory disparities. The Smell of Risk outlines the many ways that our differentiated atmospheres unevenly distribute environmental risk. Reading everything from nineteenth-century detective fiction and naturalist novels to contemporary performance art and memoir, Hsu takes up modernity’s differentiated atmospheres as a subject worth sniffing out. From the industrial revolution to current-day environmental crises, Hsu uses ecocriticism, geography, and critical race studies to, for example, explore Latinx communities exposed to freeway exhaust and pesticides, Asian diasporic artists’ response to racialized discourse about Asiatic odors, and the devastation settler colonialism has reaped on Indigenous smellscapes. In each instance, Hsu demonstrates the violence that air maintenance, control, and conditioning enacts on the poor and the marginalized. From nineteenth-century miasma theory theory to the synthetic chemicals that pervade twenty-first century air, Hsu takes smell at face value to offer an evocative retelling of urbanization, public health, and environmental violence.

Smell In Eighteenth Century England

Author: William Tullett
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0198844131
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In England from the 1670s to the 1820s a transformation took place in how smell and the senses were viewed. The role of smell in developing medical and scientific knowledge came under intense scrutiny, and the equation of smell with disease was actively questioned. Yet a new interest in smell's emotive and idiosyncratic dimensions offered odour a new power in the sociable spaces of eighteenth-century England. Using a wide range of sources from diaries, letters, and sanitary records to satirical prints, consumer objects, and magazines, William Tullett traces how individuals and communities perceived the smells around them, from paint and perfume to onions and farts. In doing so, the study challenges a popular, influential, and often cited narrative. Smell in Eighteenth-Century England is not a tale of the medicalization and deodorization of English olfactory culture. Instead, Tullett demonstrates that it was a new recognition of smell's asocial-sociability, and its capacity to create atmospheres of uncomfortable intimacy, that transformed the relationship between the senses and society.

Empires Of The Senses

Author: Andrew J. Rotter
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0190924705
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"This groundbreaking work offers a sensory history of the British in India from the formal imposition of their rule to its end (1857-1947) and the Americans in the Philippines from annexation to independence (1898-1946). A social and cultural history of empire, it analyzes how the senses created mutual impressions of the agents of imperialism and their subjects, and highlights connections between apparently disparate items, including the lived experience of empire, the comments (and complaints) found in memoirs and reports, the appearance of lepers, the sound of bells, the odor of excrement, the feel of cloth against skin, the first taste of meat spiced with cumin or of a mango. Men and women in imperial India and the Philippines had different ideas from the start about what looked, sounded, smelled, felt, and tasted good or bad. Both the British and the Americans saw themselves as the civilizers of what they judged backward societies and believed that a vital part of the civilizing process was to put the senses in the right order of priority and to ensure them against offense or affront. People without manners that respected the senses lacked self-control; they were uncivilized and thus unfit for self-government. Societies that looked shabby, were noisy and smelly, felt wrong, and consumed unwholesome food in unmannerly ways were not prepared to form independent polities and stand on their own. It was the duty of allegedly more sensorily advanced westerners to put the senses right before withdrawing the most obvious manifestations of their power. This study of Indians and Filipinos' ideas of what constituted sensory civilization and the imperial encounter with British and American sense-orders shows the compromises between these nations' sensory regimes"--

Art Scents

Author: Larry E. Shiner
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0190089814
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"An overview of the aesthetic and ethical issues raised by the contemporary olfactory arts, which range from gallery and museum sculptures and installations, through the enhancement of theatre, film and music with scents, to the ambient scenting of stores and avant-garde chefs' use of scents in cuisine. Special attention is given to the aesthetics of perfume and incense and the question of their art status, as well as to the role of scent in the appreciation of nature and gardens. Ethical issues are discussed regarding ambient scenting, perfume wearing, and the use of smells in fast-food marketing. Because of the traditional neglect and denigration of the sense of smell and its aesthetic potential by philosophers from Kant and Hegel to the present, and by Darwin's and Freud's view of the human sense of smell as a near useless evolutionary vestige, the first parts of the book counter that tradition with both philosophical arguments and evidence from current evolutionary theory, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, history, linguistics and literature. Although the focus is on Western olfactory arts, the book draws on non-Western examples throughout. The book is aimed at both philosophers and general readers interested in the arts, and develops positions that should stimulate further discussion"--

The Nature Of The Future

Author: Emily Pawley
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ISBN: 022669383X
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"In the seemingly mundane Northern farm of early America and the people who sought to improve its productivity and efficiency, Emily Pawley finds a world rich with innovative practices and marked by a developing interrelationship between scientific knowledge, industrial methods, and capitalism. Agricultural "improvers" became increasingly scientistic, driving tremendous increases in the range and volume of agricultural output-and transforming American conceptions of expertise, success, and exploitation. Pawley's focus on soil, fertilizer, apples, mulberries, agricultural fairs, and experimental stations shows each nominally dull subject to have been an area of intellectual ferment and sharp contestation: mercantile, epistemological, and otherwise"--

West S Federal Supplement First Series

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Science Games And Activities Enriching Elementary Science With Games And Activities

Author: Guy Wagner
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Science And The Detective

Author: Brian H. Kaye
Editor: Wiley-VCH
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Sets out to introduce non-scientists to the techniques of modern forensic science.

The Mixed Up Mystery Smell

Author: Eleanor Coerr
Editor: New York : Putnam
ISBN: 9780399204678
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Youthful detectives investigate the mystery of the mixed-up smell surrounding a formerly empty old house that is rumored to be haunted.

Traced And Tracked Or Memoirs Of A City Detective

Author: James M'Govan
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The Molly Maguires And The Detectives

Author: Allan Pinkerton
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Murder Trail

Author: Colin Bell
Editor: Carlton Books Limited
ISBN: 9781842228456
File Size: 12,54 MB
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"Murder Trail" tells the fascinating stories of eleven high-profile murder or multiple murder cases through the eyes of the men who accepted the challenges of solving them. In each case the detective must reach deep inside the brilliant but warped minds of the criminals. Drawing on the words of our real-life detectives, their families and colleagues, and where possible, the murderer himself, as well as on archive material— news footage, surveillance recordings, interrogations, and trial transcripts— "Murder Trail" provides a wholly revealing insight into the mind of the murderer. However, the focus is always on the detective, and in this book we look at the pressures on him from the media, his bosses, politicians, and victims' families.

Varieties Of Sexual Experience

Author: Norman Kiell
Editor: New York : International Universities Press
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Uniform Laws Annotated

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American Magazine

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The Laboratory Detectives

Author: Norman Lucas
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Focusing on specific murder cases, the author illustrates the role of biological and chemical laboratory work in solving crimes

With Detectives Round The World

Author: Frank Longworth
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The Pocket Book Of Great Detectives

Author: Lee Wright
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"Including exploits of G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown, Ernest Bramagh's Max Carrados, Edgar Allan Poe's C.A. Dupin, H.C. Bailey's Reginald Fortune, Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie's Hecule Poirot, R. Austin Freeman's Dr. Thorndyke, E.C. Bentley's Philip Trent, Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Whimsey and many others." --