Smells make the man : a study on the olfactive constitution of masculine beings.
Tan, Jacqueline Wei Hui.
Date of Issue2013
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
This study explores the olfactive constitution of masculine beings. It attempts to answer these overarching questions: i) How does one olfactively “qualify” as a “masculine” being? ii) As a scented body, how does one embody being “masculine” in specific fields and iii) how do such olfactively “masculine” practices sustain the larger gender order? By arguing that scenting is a process of performativity that constitutes an “ideal” being within existing discourse surrounding masculinity, this study illustrates how scenting practices and olfactive masculinities are constructed and reconstructed in field-specific power and gender relations so much so that the “masculine” body is lived and experienced in specific contexts. As a scented body, the “masculine” body can therefore have no ontological status apart from the acts of scenting that constitute its reality within field-specific valuations and evaluations of olfactive masculinity.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University