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1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Beauty Politics

Edited By

Maxine Leeds Craig

ISBN 9780367246570
Published July 23, 2021 by Routledge
404 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The growth of the service economy, widespread acceptance of cosmetic technologies, expansion of global media, and the intensification of scrutiny of appearance brought about by the internet have heightened the power of beauty ideals in everyday life. A range of interdisciplinary contributions by an international roster of established and emerging scholars will introduce students to the emergence of debates about beauty, including work in history, sociology, communications, anthropology, gender studies, disability studies, ethnic studies, cultural studies, philosophy, and psychology.

The Routledge Companion to Beauty Politics is an essential reference work for students and researchers interested in the politics of appearance. Comprising over 30 chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into six parts:

  • Theorizing Beauty Politics
  • Competing Definitions of Beauty
  • Beauty, Activism, and Social Change
  • Body Work
  • Beauty and Labor
  • Beauty and the Lifecourse

The Routledge Companion to Beauty Politics is essential reading for students in Women and Gender Studies, Sociology, Media Studies, Communications, Philosophy, and Psychology.

Table of Contents

Part One: Theorizing Beauty Politics

1 Introduction

Maxine Leeds Craig

2 Neoliberal Beauty

Rosalind Gill

3 Beauty and Class

Helen Wood

4 Transnational Feminist Approaches to Beauty

Oluwakemi M. Balogun and Gracia Dodds

5 Philosophy and the Politics of Beauty

Monique Roelofs

6 Picking Your Battles: Beauty, Complacency and the Other Life of Racism

Mónica G. Moreno Figueroa

Part Two: Competing Definitions of Beauty

7 Democratizing Looks: The Politics of Gender, Class and Beauty in early 20th century United States

Einav Rabinovitch-Fox

8 Some’s Thin, Some’s Voluptuous But They All Fine: Feminine Beauty in Black Publications 1827-1909

Sabrina Strings

9 Colorism and the Racial Politics of Beauty

Margaret Hunter

10 Beauty, Colorism, and Anti-Colorism in Transnational India

Vanita Reddy

11 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Body Size

Viren Swami

12 Beauty Standards and Body-Image Issues in the West and Japan from a Cultural Perspective

Yuko Yamamiya and Tomohiro Suzuki

13 Body Aesthetics & Beauty Politics in 21st Century Africa: Case of the Sudan

Nada Mustafa Ali

14 Fantastic Bodies: Navigating Ideals of Beauty in Cosplay

Erynn Masi de Casanova and Jeremy Brenner-Levoy

Part Three: Beauty, Activism, and Social Change

15 The Rise of Disability Aesthetics: Reframing the Relationship between Disability, Beauty, and Art

Ann M. Fox

16 "There is Something Chic about Women Wearing Men’s Clothes": Lesbian Activists as Fashionable Women in the Fight for the Rights of Sexual Minorities in the United States, 1955-1972

Malia McAndrew

17 Fat Activism and Beauty Politics

Carla A. Pfeffer

18 Bumpah Politics: The Thick Black Female Body in the US and Caribbean Academic Discourses

Kamille Gentles-Peart

19 Rooted: On Black Women, Beauty, Hair and Embodiment

Kristin Denise Rowe

20 I do not see myself as anything else than white: Black resistance to racial cosplay blackfishing

Shirley A. Tate

21 The Beautiful Body in the Age of #metoo

Bernadette Wegenstein

Part Four: Body Work

22 Genital Aesthetics

Eric Plemons

23 Body hair removal: Constructing the ‘baseline’ for the normative gendered body in the contemporary Anglophone West

Melisa Trujillo

24 Negotiating "Islamic" Beauty in Turkey, or Conceptualizing the Complex Entanglements Between Beauty and Religion

Claudia Liebelt

25 Botox and Beauty Politics

Dana Berkowitz

26 Orthodontics as Expected Beauty Work

Maxine Leeds Craig

27 Cosmetic Surgery and the discourse of Westernization of Korean Bodies

Jo Elfving-Hwang

28 The Racial Politics of Plastic Surgery

Alexander Edmonds and So Yeon Leem

Part Five: Beauty and Labor

29 Size Matters (In Modeling)

Amanda M. Czerniawski

30 Tattooers at Work: An Emotional and Permanent Body Labor

Dustin Kiskaddon

31 Beauty Pageants and Border Crossings: The Politics of Class, Cosmopolitanism, Race and Place

Karen Tice

32 Retail Work, Race and Aesthetic Labor

Kyla Walters

33 Hourly Beauty: Aesthetic Labor in China

Eileen Otis

Part Six: Beauty and the Lifecourse

34 Girls and Beauty (Pageant) Culture

Hilary L. Levey Friedman

35 The Politics of Looking Old: Older Adults and the Aging Body

Laura Hurd

36 The Incredible Invisible Woman: Age, Beauty and the Specter of Identity

Brenda Weber

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Maxine Leeds Craig is a professor in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Davis, USA. She is the author of Sorry I Don’t Dance: Why Men Refuse to Move (2014) and Ain’t I a Beauty Queen? Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race (2002). She studies the politics of beauty, of dancing and not dancing, or, in other words, the ways in which social structures of race, gender, and class are lived in day-to-day embodiment.