The reorganization of the sensory world

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Although anthropological and critical social theory have a long interest in sensory experience, work on the senses has intensified within the past 20 years. This article traces three sensory genealogies within anthropology: the work of Ong and McLuhan as critiqued and advanced by David Howes and the Concordia Project; phenomenological studies as advanced by Paul Stoller; and a focus on materialities as advanced by Nadia Seremetakis. Studies of individual senses, which we survey, led to calls for a more integrated approach to the senses, both within anthropology and from cinema and media studies. In various ways, the senses are constituted by their imbrication in mediated cultural practices, whether mediated by technology, discourse, or local epistemologies. We argue that integrating language and discourse into the study of the senses along with new media insights more fully articulates the significance of body-sensorial knowledge. Copyright © 2010 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Porcello, T; Meintjes, L; Ochoa, AM; Samuels, DW

Published Date

  • October 21, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 /

Start / End Page

  • 51 - 66

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0084-6570

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1146/annurev.anthro.012809.105042

Citation Source

  • Scopus