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MONTEREY- BY- THE- SMELL

C. Y. CHIANG
Pacific Historical Review
Vol. 73, No. 2 (May 2004), pp. 183-214
DOI: 10.1525/phr.2004.73.2.183
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/phr.2004.73.2.183
Page Count: 32
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Abstract

In the �rst half of the twentieth century, �sh odors created heated con�icts along the Monterey coastline. Few scholars in environmental history, however, have analyzed the signi�cance of olfactory perceptions of the physical environment. This article examines two disputes in which odors became connected to larger power struggles over nature and society. The �rst con�ict involved Chinese �shermen, whose squid-drying �elds emitted unpleasant smells that precipitated a campaign to eliminate them. The second con�ict emerged when the sardine factories along Cannery Row also created foul odors, prompting real estate developers and tourism-oriented politicians to take legal action. The debates over odors pitted tourism against �sheries and ultimately revealed Montereyans' divergent ideas about the types of people and activities that should shape the Paci�c shoreline.

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