Beauty and Culture. Anthropology. Values . A standard by which members of culture define what is: desirable or undesirable good or bad beautiful or ugly acceptable or unacceptable Connected to “binary opposites”. Values are regularly contested.
A standard by which members of culture define what
For example, what makes a woman beautiful?
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Today mainstream America might cite a woman like this as being beautiful
The total system of ideas, values, behaviours and
attitudes of a society commonly shared by most
members of society
How is beauty defined in our culture? What does this
“ideal” of beauty say about the culture?
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Women from Burma
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Women from Ethopia
Maori Woman with Moko
“Westernizing the human body has become a new form of globalization with beauty becoming a homogeneous brand”. (Zed Nelson)
(skin lightening video)
(eye surgery in Asia)
(Ponds Commerical Korea)
Social institutions, ideology, values, beliefs, and technology transform a physical body into a social body. Bodies, therefore, provide important clues to the mechanics of society (Sullivan, 2000)