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Author Dennis, Simone, author.

Title Smokefree : a social, moral and political atmosphere / Simone Dennis
Published London : Bloomsbury, 2016


Description 1 online resource
Contents Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of Figures; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Acknowledgement of informing works; Acknowledgements of persons; Orienting notes: Ethnographic vignettes from a fascinating atmosphere; A fascinating atmosphere; Ethnographic vignettes; The strength (or weakness) of vignettes; A note on Australian specificity and broader relevance; Introduction:; Examining smoking in the era of smokefree: Public health and anthropology; The anthropology of smoking (a smokefree anthropology); Anthropology's smoker; A new approach to smoking and smokefree
An argument for inchoatenessThe structure; Part 1 The lay of the smokefree land; Chapter 1 The difference between tobacco and tomatoes; Introduction; On 'atmospheres'; Some thoughts on an uninsurable monkey; Public health interventions and the construction of the smoker; The Benson and Hedges World Series Cricket, 1988; Smokefree places; The nuances of public place legislation; Legislating the air; Chapter 2 Oppositionary pairings and ruinous smoke; Introduction; Oppositionary pair: Right and wrong; Oppositionary pair: Public health and tobacco companies
Oppositionary pair: A long life or an untimely deathOppositionary pair: The time of smoking and the time free of smoking; Oppositionary pair: Two spatial states; Chapter 3 Reimagining the smoker; Introduction; The smoker, doubly constructed; Public health's rational agent; Anthropological reformulation of the smoker?; Michelle the rational smoker; Michelle, reanalysed; Putting things that are meant to be held apart, together: The internal inconsistency of smoking; Come off the veranda; Part 2 First, second, third and fourth hand smoke; Chapter 4 Breathing in smoke(free), firsthand
IntroductionThe theoretical backgroundedness of the air itself; Air as agent; Explicating the (firsthand) air for the ignorant agent; Take a big breath in; Chapter 5 Miasmatic exhalation: Breathing out (secondhand); Introduction; Explicating the secondhand air; The nose knows danger; Jennifer, defender of the air; Public air; An illness-inducing stench: Cancer is catching; There is difference in the air; Colonial anthropology: Eradicating smoke and mosquitoes; Protecting the infinite and pure air; Chapter 6 Abject thirdhand smoke; Introduction; Thirdhand smoke
'Mobile tobacco contamination packages'Smell and the thirdhand trickster; Touch: How to deal with witches in the family; The air has a history; The second law of thermodynamics; Chapter 7 Fourthhand smoke: Going to Flavor Country; Introduction; Explicating the air in cigarette advertising; Come on, come to Flavor Country; Small t taste; Capital T taste; Olive Brown is Not classy; All flights to Flavor Country have been grounded; The bitter taste of a gangrenous foot; Smoking to remember the air; Come breathe on me, honey; The rational agent and the travel agent; Conclusion; Notes
Summary "Although tobacco is a legal substance, many governments around the world have introduced legislation to restrict smoking and access to tobacco products. Smokefree critically examines these changes, from the increasing numbers of places being designated as 'smokefree' to changes in cigarette packaging and the portrayal of smoking in popular culture. Unlike existing texts, this book neither advances a public health agenda nor condemns the erosion of individual rights. Instead, Simone Dennis takes a classical anthropological approach to present the first agenda-free, full-length study of smoking. Observing and analysing smoking practices and environments, she investigates how the social, moral, political and legal atmosphere of 'smokefree' came into being and examines the ideas about smoke, air, the senses, space, and time which underlie it. Looking at the impact on public space and individuals, she reveals broader findings about the relationship between the state, agents, and what is seen to constitute 'the public'. Enriched with ethnographic vignettes from the author's ten years of fieldwork in Australia, Smokefree is a challenging, important book which demands to be read and discussed by anyone with an interest in anthropology, sociology, political science, human geography, and public health."--Bloomsbury Publishing
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed December 30, 2015)
Subject Smoking -- Social aspects
Smoking cessation -- Social aspects
Smoking -- Moral and ethical aspects
Smoking cessation -- Moral and ethical aspects
Smoking -- Political aspects
Smoking cessation -- Political aspects
Human geography.
Politics & government.
Sociology & anthropology.
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Healthy Living.
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Reference.
MEDICAL -- Preventive Medicine.
Smoking -- Moral and ethical aspects
Smoking -- Social aspects
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781472569226