Wednesday, 22 December 2010


ISBN-13: 978-0-19-929779-5
Writer: Virginia Smith

Τitle: Clean
Subtitle: A History of Personal Hygiene and Purity
Language: English

Edition: First Edition
Place of Publication: New York, N.Y.
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Inc.
Year of Publication: 2007
Format: 134x204mm
Pages:xi+457; notes, 353; Select Bibliography, 433; Index, 439
Illustrations: 23 black and white pictures
Front Cover Photograph: Pep Karsten/fStop/Punchstock
Binding: Hardcover in duotone dust jacket

Weight: 593gr.
Entry No.: 2006004
Date of Entry: 18th January 2008


Why do children (and their parents) still experience the annoyance of having nits? What exactly are ‘purity rules’? And why have the rituals of bathtime scarcely changed in two hundred years?

This pioneering new work explores the global history of human body-care from the Neolithic to the present. Looking at the way in which different cultures have interpreted and striven for personal cleanliness it shows how, throughout history, this striving for purity has brought great social benefits as well as great tragedies.

Using first-hand accounts and sources, Clean unfolds the long and fascinating history of personal hygiene and purity from pre-historic grooming rituals to New Age medicine, from medieval ascetics to 21st century cosmetics.

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