Perfect Pleasures, 1800-2000 : The Pipe, the Cigar and the Cigarette in British Popular Culture

By: Hilton, Matthew

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Perfect Pleasures, 1800-2000 : The Pipe, the Cigar and the Cigarette in British Popular Culture by Hilton, Matthew
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Manchester, United Kingdom: Manchester University Press, 2000. 284pp looks unused. This book is a concise history of smoking in British popular culture from the early nineteenth century to the present day. It explores the culture of the pipe and the cigar in the nineteenth century, the role of the cigarette in the mass market economy of the early twentieth century, and the politics of smoking and health since the 1950s. Hilton argues convincingly that a particular culture of smoking celebrated at the end of the nineteenth century, together with certain economic and political forces, came to dominate the meaning of tobacco within popular culture, and acted as an important bulwark against state intervention in the sphere of public health. By combining a wide range of historical sources with examples drawn from film and popular literature to provide a comprehensive social, cultural and economic history of smoking, the book traces the production, promotion and consumption of tobacco as well as outlining the arguments that have variously opposed this ever-controversial drug. 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. (publishers notes). Paperback. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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