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Coming to Our Senses: Multiculturalism, Urban Sociology and ‘the Other’ Senses

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The sensuous aspects of everyday experience are often ignored by sociology in favour of abstract generalisations. While recent developments in visually sensitive urban sociology are to be welcomed, the full range of the senses remains to be explored. This chapter explores urban experience through the olfactory sense. Aromatic experiences arouse memories and meanings that unite as well as establish boundaries between social and cultural groups. This chapter presents a fragrant cultural sociology of a London market through the case of Dickson, a stallholder whose aromatic soaps are resonant of sensory histories.

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Rhys-Taylor, A. (2018). Coming to Our Senses: Multiculturalism, Urban Sociology and ‘the Other’ Senses. In: Nichols, S., Dobson, S. (eds) Learning Cities. Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education, vol 8. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-8100-2_3

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