The queue has been a visually redolent image for decades. From queuing for rations during World War II to the dole queue of the seventies and eighties, the queue has been exploited for its political capital and social importance. But why are the British so obsessed with queuing and what does this social norm reveal?
Laurie Taylor is joined by Dr Joe Moran, author of Reading the Everyday to examine this apparently quotidian routine and discovers how fraught and politically charged waiting in line can be.
A GLOBAL HISTORY OF SMOKING
From South America to sub-Saharan Africa, almost every culture throughout history has smoked. Despite divided geographical distances and different religions and customs, smoking became a common practice. In some cultures it was thought to prevent malaria, treat rheumatism and even cure the common cold. But in all cases, smoking stimulated social interaction.
In light of this, how successful will the current campaign to ban smoking in all public places be? Anti smoking campaigns are not new but they have never been successful in the past. In a new book, Smoke: a Global History of Smoking Sander L Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Arts and Sciences at Emory University, Atlanta explains that to understand why people smoke we must understand its multiple histories, its various cultural associations and its changing roles over time.
Dr Joe Moran
Lecturer in English and American studies and cultural historian, School of Media, Critical and Creative Arts at Liverpool John Moores University
Reading the Everyday
Publisher: Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Books Lt
A classier waiting experience
By Joe Moran
New Statesman, 7 March 2005
Sander L. Gilman
Professor of the Arts and Sciences at Emory University, Atlanta and Cultural and Literary Historian
Smoke: A Global History of Smoking
Edited by Sander L. Gilman and Zhou Xun
Publisher: Reaktion Books Ltd
ISBN: 1 86189 200 4
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