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© 2005 David Schweingruber The Social Construction of Beauty Feb. 16, 2005 http://www.iastate.edu/~soc.134
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© 2005 David Schweingruber Impression management In all social situations, people form impressions of others People attempt to manage the impressions others make of them (topic of Friday & Monday) Today’s reading: Some attributes that influence people’s impression of us • The meaning of attributes varies from one culture to another • Social group memberships (age, sex, race, ethnicity) • Lecture focus: physical appearance
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© 2005 David Schweingruber Physical appearance What traits characterize “good looking” vary by culture Ford and Beach’s 1951 study of “primitive” societies found no universal standards Some hallmarks of women’s beauty (number of societies): Slim body build (6) Medium body build (5) Plump body build (13) Narrow pelvis and slim hips (1) Broad pelvis and wide hips (6) Small ankles (3) Shapely calves (5) Upright, hemispherical breasts (2)
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