Beauty Queens on the Global Stage: Gender, Contests, and Power

Beauty Queens on the Global Stage: Gender, Contests, and Power

by Colleen Ballerion Cohen
     
 

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Modern beauty contests were invented by P.T. Barnum in the United States, but in the 20th century pageants and contests have spread across the entire world from Nepal to Tierra Del Fuego. Why are women (and sometimes men in drag) parading on stage such a universally appealing spectacle, attracting an audience in the billions? This book is the first global comparison… See more details below

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Modern beauty contests were invented by P.T. Barnum in the United States, but in the 20th century pageants and contests have spread across the entire world from Nepal to Tierra Del Fuego. Why are women (and sometimes men in drag) parading on stage such a universally appealing spectacle, attracting an audience in the billions? This book is the first global comparison of pageants from different parts of the world, at the ways each contest is both intensely local and unique, and simultaneously global and remarkable repetitious. The authors use the latest tools of feminist, ethnographic, and literary scholarship to unpack and interpret one of the greatest and most universal spectacles of modern times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136658266
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/13/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
File size:
3 MB

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