Body Beautiful: Evolutionary and Socio-Cultural Perspectives

Hardcover | January 15, 2008

EditorAdrian Furnham, Viren Swami

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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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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 f...

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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.82 × 5.63 × 1.08 inPublished:January 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023052186X

ISBN - 13:9780230521865

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Part I: INTRODUCTION * Mutual and Partaken Bliss: Introducing the Science of Bodily Beauty--V. Swami and A. Furnham * Part 2: METHODOLOGICAL CRITIQUES * Waist-to-hip Ratios and Female Attractiveness--Comparing Apples, Oranges, and Pears--D. McBurney 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 * Part 3: ATTRACTIVENESS RESEARCH ACROSS CULTURES * 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. Furnham, and V. Swami * Part 4: THEORY DEVELOPMENT--EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVES * 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 * Part 5: THEORY DEVELOPMENT: SOCIOCULTURAL PERSEPCTIVES * 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. Murnen * The Impact of Western Beauty Ideals on the Lives of Women: A Sociocultural Perspective--R. Calogero, M.Boroughs, and J. Thompson.