Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance by Thomas F. Cash

By Thomas F. Cash

This scholarly paintings is the main entire present source on human actual appearance―how people’s outer actual features and their internal perceptions and attitudes approximately their very own visual appeal (body snapshot) impact their lives. The encyclopedia’s 117 full-length chapters are composed and edited by way of the world’s specialists from a number of disciplines―social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences. The broad topical assurance during this beneficial reference paintings comprises: (1) vital theories, views, and ideas for knowing physique photograph and visual appeal; (2) clinical size of physique photograph and actual attributes (anthropometry); (3) the advance and determinants of human visual appeal and physique snapshot over the lifespan: (4) How tradition and society impacts the meanings of human visual appeal; (5) The psychosocial results of appearance-altering illness, harm, and visual alterations; (6) visual appeal self-change and self-management; (7) The prevention and remedy of physique snapshot difficulties, together with psychosocial and clinical interventions. Chapters are written in a fashion that's available and informative to a large viewers, together with the informed public, collage and graduate scholars, and scientists and medical practitioners. every one well-organized bankruptcy offers a thesaurus of definitions of any technical phrases and an extra studying element of steered resources for endured studying concerning the subject.

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  • The Encyclopedia of physique snapshot and Human visual appeal is a special reference for a growing to be sector of medical inquiry
  • It brings jointly in a single resource the study from specialists in various fields studying this mental and sociological phenomenon
  • The breadth of subject matters lined, and the present fascination with this topic sector make sure this reference might be of curiosity to researchers and a lay viewers alike

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For example, among colo­ nial burial sites in the United States, slaves were more likely to be buried with beaded jewelry than nonslaves, and blue beads in particular signaled African American heritage. Women were buried with considerably more jewelry than men, and young women with more jewelry than older women. Archaeologists speculate about the role of jewelry in adornment to mark important ethnic and gender identities even under highly con­ strained conditions. Taken together, the subfields of anthropology have produced a diverse body of knowledge in both contemporary and histor­ ical societies of human appearance and body image.

Cultural, physical, and biocultural anthropology work descriptively to catalog human diversity in terms of appearance, adornment, and body modification as well as conceptualization of the body, the relationship of body to person, and body image. Furthermore, in addition to descriptive differences, anthro­ pologists from all the subfields contribute interpretive and theoretical insights to help us better understand relation­ ships among biology, personhood, body image, and social organization in any society.

In contrast, a psychological anthro­ pologist is more likely to begin with local participant observation to attempt to articulate the emic conceptions of body image and what is valued in the culture being studied without assuming that the concepts and related measures would be accurate in a context in which they were not created or normed. These etic and emic ways of working can provide a fuller picture of body image around the world than either can alone as discussed below. Medical anthropology relevant to body image is concerned with both local understandings of ‘pathological’ and ‘normal’ and the medical systems such as psychiatric treatment or traditional healing that people encounter when pathology occurs.

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