PLASTIC ASIA, Open Access
A new open access special issue on plastics in Asia has been published in The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies. In this special issue, the authors look at four ethnographically rich cases of plastics as they are incorporated into Asian societies. The areas they cover are geographically diverse. Some are rural, such as the northern herding communities in Mongolia and the Cham dancers of Sikkim. Others are in small urban areas, such as the Himalayan circumambulatory routes, or larger cities, such as Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar or the megacities of Chengdu and Mumbai.
Townsend on Park, 'Ideals of the Body: Architecture, Urbanism, and Hygiene in Postrevolutionary Paris'
Sun-Young Park. Ideals of the Body: Architecture, Urbanism, and Hygiene in Postrevolutionary Paris. Culture, Politics, and the Built Environment Series. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018. Illustrations. xi + 372 pp. $49.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8229-4528-4.
Drace-Francis on Bărbulescu, 'România medicilor: Medici, ţărani şi igienă rurală în România de la 1860 la 1910'
Constantin Bărbulescu. România medicilor: Medici, ţărani şi igienă rurală în România de la 1860 la 1910. Societate şi civilizaţie Series. Bucharest: Editura Humanitas, 2015. 360 pp. $10.00 (paper), ISBN 978-973-50-4762-7.
Reviewed by Alex Drace-Francis (University of Amsterdam) Published on H-Romania (January, 2017) Commissioned by R. Chris Davis
Lahiri-Dutt on Smith, 'Clean: A History of Personal Hygiene and Purity'
Virginia Smith. Clean: A History of Personal Hygiene and Purity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. 480 pp. $19.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-19-953208-7.
Reviewed by Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt (Australian National University) Published on H-Water (March, 2010) Commissioned by Justin M. Scott-Coe
Of Cleanliness and Godliness
Jørgensen on Campkin and Cox, 'Dirt: New Geographies of Cleanliness and Contamination'
Ben Campkin, Rosie Cox, eds. Dirt: New Geographies of Cleanliness and Contamination. London: I. B. Tauris, 2007. ix + 262 pp. Â£49.50 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-84511-672-9.
Reviewed by Dolly Jørgensen (Norwegian University of Science & Technology) Published on H-Water (June, 2008)
Putting Dirt in Its Place
Lerner on Hau, 'The Cult of Health and Beauty in Germany: A Social History, 1890-1930'
Michael Hau. The Cult of Health and Beauty in Germany: A Social History, 1890-1930. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2003. x + 286 pp. $53.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-226-31976-6.
Reviewed by Paul Lerner (Department of History, University of Southern California) Published on H-German (October, 2003)
Picturing Health in Imperial and Weimar Germany
Claude on Murard and Zylberman, 'L'hygiene dans la Republique: La sante publique en France ou l'utopie contrariee 1870-1918'
Lion Murard, Patrick Zylberman. L'hygiene dans la Republique: La sante publique en France ou l'utopie contrariee 1870-1918. Paris: Fayard, 1996. 805 pp. ISBN 978-2-213-59788-1.
Reviewed by Viviane Claude (University of Strasbourg) Published on H-Urban (June, 1997)