'Stimulating and impressive... In this pioneering study Jutte unfolds a panorama of how societies have been fascinated or unsettled by any of the five senses, and invites the reader to respond with curiosity, humour and profound interest to follow through his discussion from antiquity to visions of the future.' Dr Ulinka Rublack, University of Cambridge
From the Back Cover
Throughout history, societies have been both intrigued or unsettled by the five senses. The author looks at the way in which the social world conditions our perception and traces the 'rediscovery' of sensual pleasure in the twentieth century, paying attention to experiences as varied as fast food, deoderization, and extra-sensory perception. He concludes by exploring technological change and cyberspace, reflecting on how developments in these fields will affect our relationship with the senses in the future.