Bodies, beauty, and fashion

Authored by: Maxine Leeds Craig

Handbook of Cultural Sociology

Print publication date:  July  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415474450
eBook ISBN: 9780203891377
Adobe ISBN: 9781134026159

10.4324/9780203891377.ch23

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Abstract

After years of relegating the study of bodies to other disciplines, sociologists have recognized the sociological relevance of the body as a site where status inequalities and boundaries are formed, suffered, upheld, and transgressed. During the past two decades, this work has taken institutional form as the sociology of the body. Scholarship on beauty and fashion should have a central place within the new sociology of the body. Scholars who write about beauty and fashion study the relationships between body ideals and structures of inequality; they also study the ways in which the body and fashion are used in identity work. Yet the large literature on beauty and fashion is marginal within the sociology of the body.

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