Beauty and the Norm

Debating Standardization in Bodily Appearance

  • Claudia Liebelt
  • Sarah Böllinger
  • Ulf Vierke

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Globalization and Embodiment book series (PSGE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Claudia Liebelt
    Pages 1-19
  3. Doing and Undoing Norms

  4. Representations of ‘Alternative’ Beauty

  5. Fashioning the Muslim Female Body

  6. Skin Colour Politics

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 299-308

About this book


Recent decades have seen the rise of a global beauty boom, with profound effects on perceptions of bodies worldwide. Against this background, Beauty and the Norm assembles ethnographic and conceptual approaches from a variety of disciplines and across the globe to debate standardization in bodily appearance. Its contributions range from empirical research to exploratory conversations between scholars and personal reflections.  Bridging hitherto separate debates in critical beauty studies, cultural anthropology, sociology, the history of science, disability studies, gender studies, and critical race studies, this volume reflects upon the gendered, classed, and racialized body, normative regimes of representation, and the global beauty economy. 


beauty norms global beauty market Western beauty ideals Caucasian beauty ideals alternative beauty transnational beauty cultures beautification racialized bodies queering beauty global beauty boom politics of beauty normative masculinity cultural contexts aesthetic norms bodily standardization fat acceptance disabled bodies cosmetic surgery transgender beauty feminism

Editors and affiliations

  • Claudia Liebelt
    • 1
  • Sarah Böllinger
    • 2
  • Ulf Vierke
    • 3
  1. 1.University of BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  2. 2.University of BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  3. 3.University of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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