Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Beauty around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Beauty around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia

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Beauty around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia. By Erin Kenny and Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017. 416 pages. Acid-free. $94 (ISBN 9781-61069-944-0). E-book available, (978-1-61069-945-7).

Kenny is an assistant professor of anthropology at Missouri State University with research experience in East and West Africa. Nichols is a professor of Spanish at Drury University with her research specializing in cultures of Latin America. Nichols has also co-written Pop Culture in Latin American and the Caribbean (ABC-CLIO, 2015) and authored a chapter on beauty in Venezuela for the book The Body Beautiful? Identity, Performance, Fashion and the Contemporary Female Body (Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2015). Both authors have taught extensively on the topic of beauty and bodies (xi).

In the preface, the authors state they try to "provide historical and cultural context to the biological notion of beauty" (xi). They also explain that "when a category is topped with the name of a nation, country or tribal group, we have tried to provide the most vivid, iconic, or best-known version of that term or location" (xi). There is an extensive introductory essay with the authors describing the volume as providing "a wide range of insights into beauty, beauty practices, and standards of beauty around the world" (xxiii).

The encyclopedia starts with a table of contents and has an alphabetical list of entries. …

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