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Concepts of cleanliness : changing attitudes in France since the Middle Ages

Author: Georges Vigarello
Publisher: Cambridge : Paris : Cambridge University Press ; Editions de la maison des sciences de l'homme, 1988.
Series: Past and present publications.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

This study uses the French experience to examine one fundamental aspect of the 'civilizing process': cleanliness.


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Georges Vigarello
ISBN: 0521342481 9780521342483
OCLC Number: 799792225
Notes: Tit. orig.: Le propre et le sale : l'hygiene du corps depuis le Moyen Age.
Description: IX, 239 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Part I. From Water for Pleasure to Water as Threat: 1. The Water That Infiltrated: The wide open skin, The dry wash; 2. The Disappearance of Certain Practices: Steam-baths and bath-houses, 'Getting out the bathtubs'; 3. The Old Pleasures of Water: Mingled bodies, Transgression, The 'multitude of God's goods'; Part II. The Linen That Washed: 4. What Was Covered and What Was Seen: Vermin, Hands and faces, Linen and the invisible, Bodies and spaces; 5. The Skin and White Linen: Linen and sweat, Linen and looking, Frequencies, A matter of surfaces; 6. Appearances: The cleanliness that distinguished, The perfume that 'cleansed'; Part III. From Water That Penetrated to Water That Strengthened: 7. A Pleasant Sensation on the Skin: A novel and rare type of bath, Sensibility, The 'conveniences'; 8. Cold and the New Vigour: Ideas about cold baths, What practices?, Visions of invigorated bodies; 9. Nature and Artifice: Health versus cosmetics, The deception of perfume, The internal versus appearance; 10. The Stench of Towns and People: The quantification of death, The localisation of unhealthiness, The water that improved the atmosphere; 11. All-Over Baths and Local Washing: More baths, Local washing; Part IV. The Water That Protected: 12. The Functions of the Skin: The new use of the word 'hygiene', The skin and the energetic balance, The resistance of prudery; 13. Water's Itineraries: Water and protection against epidemics, The circulation of water and public hygiene, Bathing and social hierarchy; 14. The Pastoral of Poverty: Making cleanliness moral, Education, Regenerating measures; 15. The Children of Pasteur: The 'invisible monsters', What could not be seen; 16. Installations and Privacy: Extending the bedroom, Cells, Dynamics.
Series Title: Past and present publications.
Other Titles: Le propre et le sale :
Responsibility: Georges Vigarello ; translated by Jean Birrell.


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