Smoke: A Global History of Smoking
Sander L. Gilman, Goldwin Smith Professor of Humane Studies Sander L Gilman, Zhou Xun, Sander I. Gilman, Xun Zhou
Reaktion Books, 2004 - History - 408 pages
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
Other editions - View all
addiction advertising African Alexandre anti-smoking artists associated Astanga become behaviour Belomorkanal Bernays bowl brands campaign cancer cannabis Caraka Samhita China Chinese cigar cigarette smoking cocaine consumer consumption Cuban culture depicted diseases drug Dutch early effects Europe European example film ganja gender habit harem hashish Havana herb History of Smoking Ibid images Indian inhaled Iran Japan Japanese jazz Jewish Jews Kazakhstan kiseru kretek label literature London Lucky Strike male marijuana Matthew Hilton Maya medicine modern morphine Museum nicotine nineteenth century opium den opium dens opium smoking oriental painting Paris pipe smoking plant pleasure popular pouch qalyan ritual scene sexual smoke pipe smoking became smoking culture smoking tobacco social society Soviet stigma suggests Susruta Samhita symbol Tabwa tion tobacco art tobacco industry tobacco pipe tobacco smoking Tobacco Trade tradition twentieth century Veronika water pipe Western woman women York
Smoke Signals: Women, Smoking and Visual Culture in Britain
No preview available - 2006