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Palgrave Studies in Globalization and Embodiment

Beauty and the Norm

Debating Standardization in Bodily Appearance

Editors: Liebelt, Claudia, Böllinger, Sarah, Vierke, Ulf (Eds.)

  • Presents a well-rounded, nuanced, and cutting-edge discussion of the globalization of beauty 
  • Engages with concepts of beauty using case studies from around the globe
  • Locates beauty ideals and ideas within larger discussions of disability, race, feminism, art and media representations, and bodily politics 
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About this book

Recent decades have seen the rise of a global beauty boom, with profound effects on perceptions of bodies worldwide. Against this background, Beauty and the Norm assembles ethnographic and conceptual approaches from a variety of disciplines and across the globe to debate standardization in bodily appearance. Its contributions range from empirical research to exploratory conversations between scholars and personal reflections.  Bridging hitherto separate debates in critical beauty studies, cultural anthropology, sociology, the history of science, disability studies, gender studies, and critical race studies, this volume reflects upon the gendered, classed, and racialized body, normative regimes of representation, and the global beauty economy. 


About the authors

Claudia Liebelt, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology at Bayreuth University, Germany. Her primary research interests are gender, beauty and body aesthetics, intimate labor, embodiment, and Islam in Turkey. 

Sarah Böllinger, M.A., is Ph.D. Candidate and Junior Fellow of the International Graduate School of African Studies at Bayreuth University, Germany. She is the director of becks, the administrative department for disabled and chronically ill students.

Ulf Vierke, Ph.D., is Director of Iwalewahaus, the Museum for Contemporary African Arts, at Bayreuth University, Germany. He also acts as the Head of DEVA, the Digital Research Archive of African Studies. 


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Beauty and the Norm: An Introduction

    Liebelt, Claudia

    Pages 1-19

  • Faces of Masculinity: Shaving Practices and Popular Exhibitions of ‘Hairy Wonders’ in Early Twentieth-Century Prague

    Herza, Filip

    Pages 23-44

  • Standardizing Slimness: How Body Weight Quantified Beauty in the Netherlands, 1870–1940

    Huistra, Hieke

    Pages 45-72

  • Extraordinarily White: The De/Spectacularization of the Albinotic Body and the Normalization of Its Audience

    Hohl, Christopher (et al.)

    Pages 75-103

  • ‘Disability Gain’ and the Limits of Representing Alternative Beauty

    Fox, Ann M. (et al.)

    Pages 105-125

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91174-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91173-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Beauty and the Norm
Book Subtitle
Debating Standardization in Bodily Appearance
Editors
  • Claudia Liebelt
  • Sarah Böllinger
  • Ulf Vierke
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Globalization and Embodiment
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91174-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91174-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91173-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 308
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations
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