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Anthropology of Tobacco (2019)

Ethnographic Adventures in Non-Human Worlds

in: Routledge Studies in Public Health

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Abstract

Tobacco has become one of the most widely used and traded commodities on
the planet. Reflecting contemporary anthropological interest in material culture
studies, Anthropology of Tobacco makes the plant the centre of its own contentious,
global story in which, instead of a passive commodity, tobacco becomes a
powerful player in a global adventure involving people, corporations and public
health.
Bringing together a range of perspectives from the social and natural
sciences as well as the arts and humanities, Anthropology of Tobacco weaves
stories together from a range of historical, cross-cultural and literary sources
and empirical research. These combine with contemporary anthropological
theories of agency and cross-species relationships to offer fresh perspectives on
how an apparently humble plant has progressed to world domination, and the
consequences of it having done so. It also considers what needs to happen if,
as some public health advocates would have it, we are seriously to imagine 'a
world without tobacco'.
This book presents students, scholars and practitioners in anthropology,
public health and social policy with unique and multiple perspectives on
tobacco-human relations.

Keywords

Tobacco, anthropology, culture studies

Languages

English

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

ISBN

9781138485143, 9781351050197

Pages

380

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