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Anthropology of Tobacco: Ethnographic Adventures in Non-human Worlds

Russell, A.J.

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Tobacco has become one of the most widely used and traded commoditites 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.

Book Type Authored Book
Online Publication Date Feb 20, 2019
Publication Date Feb 20, 2019
Deposit Date Oct 15, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 12, 2019
Publisher Routledge
Series Title Routledge studies in public health
ISBN 9781138485143
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Contract Date Oct 15, 2018


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