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WGST104: Beauty, Culture & Society (Sharangpani): Find Books

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Selected books from the library collection:

Global Beauties, Local Bodies.

Icons of Beauty:  Art, Culture, and the Image of Women

There She Is,  Miss America: The Politics of  Sex, Beauty, and Race in America's Most Famous Pageant, 

Body Work, Beauty, and Self Image in American Culture

Beauty and Business:  Commerce, Gender, and Culture in Modern America

Hope in a Jar:  the Making of America's Beauty Culture

Hair Raising:  Beauty, Culture, and African-American Women

Behold the Man:  the Hype and Selling of Male Beauty in Media and Culture

Hijas Americanas:  Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina

Visualizing Beauty:  Gender and Ideology in Modern East Asia

Many Mirrors:  Body Image and Social Relations

Body Art

The Weight of Images:  Affect, Body Image, and Fat in the Media

Beauty in Context:  Towards an Anthropological Approach to Aesthetics

To find more books on your topic, follow these steps:

  • Go to OSCAR, the library catalog, (available from the library home page at
  • Enter keywords describing your topic.  For example if you are interested in the representation of beauty in the media, you can try:
    Beauty and Media

    Beauty and Television (or magazines or advertising) 
  • Remermber to use synonyms when you do your search.  For example, you can use "Beauty Pageants" but also "Beauty Contests". 
  • Be sure to check the locations of the books in OSCAR. Some books are located in the ARS (Automated Retrieval System) and you need to request them, some others are in the stacks on the lower level of the library.
  • If you are interested in a book and you cannot find it in OSCAR, use LINK+ to request it from another library.  It takes only a few days to get it!