Sensory Anthropology

hmmm! Interesting stuff… and what impact might such research have on our understanding of play?



Howes, David. Empire of the Senses: The Sensual Cultural Reader. Oxford: Berg, 2004.

Howes, David. The Varieties of Sensory Experience: A Sourcebook in the Anthropology of the Senses. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991.

Ingold, Tim. The Perception of the Environment. London: Routdlege, 2000.

Pink, Sarah. Doing Sensory Ethnography. London: Sage, 2009.

Journal Articles

Bloustien, G. 2003. “Introduction: Envisioning Ethnography—Exploring the Meanings of the Visual in Research.” Social Analysis: The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice 47, no. 3: 1-7

Pink, Sarah. 2013. “Engaging the Senses in Ethnographic Practice: Implications and Advances”. The Senses and Society 8, no. 3: 261-267.

Pink, Sarah. 2011. “Multimodality, Multisensoriality and Ethnographic Knowing: Social Semiotics and the Phenomenology of Perception”. Qualitative Research 11, no. 3: 261-276.

Pink, Sarah. 2010. “The Future of Sensory Anthropology/The Anthropology of the Senses.” Social Anthropology 18, no. 3: 331-333.

Rhys-Taylor, Alex. 2013. “The Essences of Multiculture: A Sensory Exploration of an Inner-City Street Market”. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 20, no. 4: 393-406.


Sensory Multiculturalism in an East End Market; Cultural Passions.” Thinking Allowed, BBC Radio 4.


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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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