Journals Higher Education



Published: 04 May 2000

304 Pages | 22 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719052576

Bookseller Code (06)


Smoking in British popular culture 1800-2000

Matthew Hilton

Published by Manchester University Press

Studies in Popular Culture MUP

  • A concise history of smoking in British popular culture from the early nineteenth century to the present day Provides the historical backdrop to the current debates about the politics of tobacco and health, demonstrating that both pro- and anti-smokers have consistently failed to understand the position of smoking within popular culture Important themes explored include: the importance of consumption to constructions of masculinity and femininity, the role of the state in the official regulation of the 'minor vices', the morality of consumption and the position of scientific knowledge within popular culture Traces the production, promotion and consumption of tobacco as well as outlining the arguments that have variously opposed this ever-controversial drug Genuinely interdisciplinary, combining elements of social, cultural and economic history whilst contributing to debates in sociology and cultural studies, the anthropology of material culture, design history, medical history and public health pol

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