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Nervous hands, stolen kisses, and the press of everyday life: touch in Britain, 1870-1960

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This thesis provides a history of the sense of touch in modern Britain. Seeking out fugitive intimacies and incidental brushes of lover and stranger alike, it argues that far from being a natural constant, what, how, and why people touched, and what they felt when they did, has a history. Through five case studies of different domains – the mind sciences, visual impairment, public transport, law, and commercialized leisure – it explores how these uses changed, and how they transformed Brit...

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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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