Books about cultural construction of beauty?
May 26, 2011 7:31 PM Subscribe
Books about skin color and beauty standards across cultures?
posted by bearette to Society & Culture (5 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
REcently I've become very interested in cultural standards of beauty, after realizing that Chinese people and Westerners can have vastly different ideas of what is beautiful or attractive (Im an American living in China) I am looking for books about:
-differing ideas of beauty/attractiveness in different cultures and how they develop
-theories behind why white skin is considered more attractive in many cultures and how this relates to racism and cultural hegemony
-inter-cultural/inter-racial dating; dating and marriage rituals in different cultures and countires
-theories behind why people of certain races tend to be attracted to people of other races (i.e. why many white men seem to be attracted to asian women but many white women are not as interested in Asian men; unelegantly put on my part, sorry)
Bonus points if the books are related to china specifically, but I am interested in any books on these topics generally.