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Making Scents of Transition: Smellscapes and the Everyday in 'Old' and 'New' Urban Poland

Sliwa, M and Riach, K (2011) 'Making Scents of Transition: Smellscapes and the Everyday in 'Old' and 'New' Urban Poland.' Urban Studies, 49 (1). pp. 23-41. ISSN 0042-0980

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In this article, the growing body of literature on transition within central and eastern Europe is developed by exploring how discussing the senses may illuminate the experience of change to post-socialism for urban dwellers. After situating the study within the rich ethnographic heritage on urban transition, the key tenets of ?geographies of smell? are outlined as a means of inquiry which emphasises the lived, sensually embodied experience of transition. The empirical study is focused upon the interrogation of the meanings created by, and attached to, olfactory experience in contemporary Poland, discussing three motifs that highlight the symbolic and transformative role of smell in relation to transition. In understanding smell as playing an active role in the creation of meaning, not only are current debates surrounding geographies of smell extended, but it is argued that addressing the relatively neglected sensual dimension of the social provides an avenue into more nuanced dimensions of urban transition

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Social Identification; Smell; Residence Characteristics; Cultural Diversity; Food; History, 20th Century; History, 21st Century; Symbolism; Ethnic Groups; Urban Health; Urban Population; Europe, Eastern; Poland
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2011 15:01
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:22

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