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Smoke : A Global History of Smoking - Zhou Xun


A Global History of Smoking

By: Zhou Xun (Editor), Sander L. Gilman (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 4th November 2004
ISBN: 9781861892003
Number Of Pages: 408

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Human beings have always smoked, and they probably always will. Every culture in recorded history has smoked something, whether as a cure or for pleasure, whether as part of a ritual or as an aspect of popular culture. It is curious, then, that no history of smoking has been written based on the assumption that smoking; in all of its forms and products; is a cultural phenomenon common to all human societies.

Smoke : A Global History of Smoking examines the culture of smoking in different traditions and locations around the world. From opium dens in Victorian England to tobacco in Edo period Japan, and from ganja and cocaine to Havana cigars, Smoke encompasses the subject as no book has before.

Based in cultural history, it employs a large number of images as part of its evidence : around 300 illustrations document smoking and smokers of many substances including tobacco, scented cigarettes, marijuana, opium and cocaine. The various essays examine the changing role of smoking in high and popular culture, ranging from images used in advertising to the legal and moral critiques of smoking, and from opera to the internet. Smoke will appeal to all those who smoke, all those who used to smoke, and all those who have tried, and failed, to give it up.

About the Authors

Sander L. Gilman is Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of over sixty books, including Health and Illness : Images of Difference (Reaktion Books, 1996), and Franz Kafka (Reaktion Books, 2005).

Zhou Xun is ESRC Research Fellow in the History Department at SOAS, University of London, and the author of Chinese Perceptions of the 'Jews' and Judaism : A History of the Youtai (2000)

Industry Reviews

This ... fascinating book has opened my eyes... -- Beryl Bainbridge The Times As with the best histories Smoke paints a vivid picture of times past into which smoking itself is just a lure. Glasgow Herald Smoke has many splendid and absorbing illustrations - pictures on nearly every page that range from smoking film stars, early advertising posters and ornate carved pipes, to beautiful full-colour reproductions of Western and Oriental art Sunday Telegraph There is ... an undeniable pleasure to be taken in Smoke's copious visual material -- Jonathan Meades London Evening Standard A remarkable collection of over 30 essays ... it is beautifully produced and profusely illustrated ... It is a real pleasure to recommend a book of true anthropological range and seriousness, conjuring, like the perfect smoke ring, the history of a universal human practice at a time when the issues raised ... are at the forefront of current world-wide debates on health policy and social safety. British Medical Journal

Smoking In History And Culturer
Itual Smoking in Central America
The Pleasures and Perils of Smoking in Early Modern England
Smoking in Sub-Saharan Africa
Smoking and Ayurvedic Medicine in India
Smoking in Imperial China
Accessories and Utensils
The Opium Den in Victorian London
Smoking and Sociability
Havana Cigars and the West's Imagination
A Century of Kretek-Mark Hanusz Ganja in Jamaica
Chevannes Smoking and All That Jazz
Smoking in Modern Japan
Cigarettes in Soviet and post-Soviet Central Asia
The Cocaine Experience
Smoking & Sociability
Smoking In Art And Literature
Symbol and Image: Smoking in Art since the Seventeenth Century
The Houkahin the Harem: On Smoking and Orientalist Art
In Praise of Lady Nicotine: A Bygone Era of Prose, Poetry...and Presentation
Cinematic Smoke: From Weimar to Hollywood
Emblems of Emptiness: Smoking as a Way of Life in
Smoking, Gender And Ethnicity
Jews and Smoking -Sander
Images of Smoking -Dolores Mitchell Toward a Queer History of Smoking
Why Do We Smoke?: The Physiology of Smoking
Science and Medicine
Confidence in the Twentieth Century
Marlboro Man and the Stigma of Smoking
Select Bibliography
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ISBN: 9781861892003
ISBN-10: 1861892004
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 4th November 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 19.0  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 1.52

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