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The Deepest SenseA Cultural History of Touch$
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Constance Classen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252034930

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252034930.001.0001

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Sensations of a New Age

Sensations of a New Age

(p.167) Chapter Eight Sensations of a New Age
The Deepest Sense

Constance Classen

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses the new sensations perceived as a result of the cultural and industrial shifts of modernity. It considers the new institutions which were since established at the dawn of the modern age and their emphasis on efficiency and social discipline, in the form of the drill, which shaped not only military bodies but also permeated schools, prisons, and museums as well. In addition, the chapter looks at how the nineteenth-century individual would come to experience tactile sensations in a vastly different city and domestic space from that of the Middle Ages. Moreover, it examines other new facets for sensuality in the modern, industrial age—the advent of electric power and the department store.

Keywords:   modernity, technology, drill, military, schools, prisons, museums, shopping, department stores, electricity

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