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Commodity culture: tropical health and hygiene in the British Empire

Johnson, R. (2008) Commodity culture: tropical health and hygiene in the British Empire. Endeavour, 32 (2). pp. 70-74. ISSN 0160-9327

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    Abstract

    Before heading to a 'tropical' region of the Empire, British men and women spent considerable time and effort gathering outfit believed essential for their impending trip. Ordinary items such as soap, clothing, foodstuffs and bedding became transformed into potentially life-saving items that required the fastidious attention of any would-be traveller. Everyone from scientists and physicians to missionaries and administrators was bombarded by relentless advertising and abundant advice about the outfit needed to preserve health in a tropical climate. A closer look at this marketing exercise reveals much about the way people thought about tropical people, places, health and hygiene and how scientific and commercial influences shaped this Imperial commodity culture.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 16851
    Keywords: Imperial commodity culture, tropical health and hygiene, British Empire, outfit, scientific and commercial influences, History (General), History and Philosophy of Science
    Subjects: History General and Old World > History (General)
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > History
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    Depositing user: Mrs Marie Henderson
    Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2010 14:07
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 13:05
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/16851

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