Making sense of the smell of Bangladesh

Zeitlyn, Benjamin (2014) Making sense of the smell of Bangladesh. Childhood, 21 (2). pp. 175-189. ISSN 0907-5682

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This article draws links between the sense of smell, aesthetic choices concerning clothes, ideas about modernity and the aspirations of young British Bangladeshis. In doing so it highlights the preconscious and conscious factors that inform the identities that British Bangladeshis express. The article argues that despite its importance for our sense of belonging, the sense of smell has been neglected in accounts of identity. This discussion leads to a critique of Bourdieu’s notion of habitus and illustrates the ways in which the conscious elements of habitus draw upon the unconscious. Dispositions towards the smell of Bangladesh feed into ways in which British Bangladeshis express their identities through aesthetic choices and in turn reveal preferences for different discourses of modernity.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
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Depositing User: Benjamin Zeitlyn
Date Deposited: 12 May 2014 09:12
Last Modified: 12 May 2014 09:12
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