Body Beautiful: Evolutionary and Socio-Cultural Perspectives

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Attempts to provide definitive answers to the secrets of human beauty have persisted for hundreds of years. In this volume, contributors from a range of perspectives—evolutionary psychology to anthropology, sociology to cognitive and motivational psychology—explore the questions of what our attractiveness preferences are and why we find certain others physically attractive. The research and theoretical contributions presented in this volume offer a fresh perspective to understanding the perception of attractiveness, particularly as it relates to bodily attractiveness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230521865
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

VIREN SWAMI is a Research Associate at the University of Liverpool. He received his doctorate from University College London, where he specialised in evolutionary psychology. His current research interests include interpersonal attraction, especially across cultures, and gender studies. He is the author of The Missing Arms of Venus de Milo and (with Adrian Furbanham) of The Psychology of Physcial Attraction, as well as numerous psychological studies.
ADRIAN FURNHAM is an organisational and applied psychologist, management expert and Professor of Psychology at University College London. His research interests are numerous and varied, and in addition to his academic roles, he is a consultant on organisational behaviour and management, writer and broadcaster. He is a prolific writer, is the author, among other books, of The Psychology of Behaviour at Work, Culture Shock and Personality at Work.

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Table of Contents

• Mutual and Partaken Bliss: Introducing the Science of Bodily Beauty—V. Swami and A. Furbanham
• Waist-to-hip Ratios and Female Attractiveness—Comparing Apples, Oranges, and Pears—D. McBurbaney and S. Streeter
• The Volume-height Index as a Body Attractiveness Index—J. Fan
• Methodological Issues in Studies in Female Attractiveness—M. Bateson, P. Cornelissen, and M. Tovee
• An Evolutionary Perspective on Male Preferences for Female Body Shape—I. Scott, G. Bentley, M. Tovee, F. Uddin Ahamed, and K.Magid
• Masculinity, Culture, and the Paradox of the Lek—D. Yu, S.Proulx, and G. Shepard
• Healthy Body Equals Beautiful Body? Changing Perceptions of Health and Attractiveness with Shifting Socioeconomic Status—M.Tovee, A. Furbanham, and V. Swami
• The Shaping of Women's Bodies: Men's Choice of Fertility or Heat Stress Avoidance?—D. Einon
• Interpersonal Metaperception: The Importance of Compatibility in the Aesthetic Appreciation of Bodily Cues—K. Johnson and L. Tassinary
• Mate Preferences in Social Cognitive Context: When Environmental and Personal Change Leads to Predictable Cross-Cultural Variation; L. Nelson, T .Pettijohn, and J. Galak
• The Roles of Stereotypes and Group Norms on Perceptions of Bodily Attractiveness—T. Hildebrandt and J. Latner
• Feminism and Body Image; L. Smolak and S. Murbanen
• The Impact of Western Beauty Ideals on the Lives of Women: A Sociocultural Perspective—R. Calogero, M.Boroughs, and J. Thompson.

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