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Feeding Desire

Author : Rebecca Popenoe
ISBN : 9781135140854
Genre : Social Science
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While the Western world adheres to a beauty ideal that says women can never be too thin, the semi-nomadic Moors of the Sahara desert have for centuries cherished a feminine ideal of extreme fatness. Voluptuous immobility is thought to beautify girls' bodies, hasten the onset of puberty, heighten their sexuality and ripen them for marriage. From the time of the loss of their first milk teeth, girls are directed to eat huge bowls of milk and porridge in one of the world's few examples of active female fattening. Based on fieldwork in an Arab village in Niger, Feeding Desire analyses the meanings of women's fatness as constituted by desire, kinship, concepts of health, Islam, and the crucial social need to manage sexuality. By demonstrating how a particular beauty ideal can only be understood within wider social structures and cultural logics, the book also implicitly provides a new way of thinking about the ideal of slimness in late Western capitalism. Offering a reminder that an estimated eighty per cent of the world's societies prefer plump women, this gracefully written book is both a fascinating exploration of the nature of bodily ideals and a highly readable ethnography of a Saharan people.

The Psychology Of Beauty

Author : Ellen Sinkman
ISBN : 9780765708441
Genre : Psychology
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This book addresses the vital importance of beauty, its sources, and manifestations in everyone’s lives—including psychotherapy patients. During psychotherapy, patients manifest or defend against the desire to be beautiful. This book considers definitions of beauty, gender identity themes, and origins of beauty in the mother-infant relationship.


Author : George W. Holden
ISBN : 9781483371467
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Written from a psychological perspective while integrating cross-disciplinary viewpoints, this fully updated Second Edition takes a parent-centered approach to exploring topics such as the reasons behind parental behavior, the effect parents and children have on one another, and social policy's ability to help families. Including the latest statistics on family functioning and with coverage of contemporary issues, George Holden’s Parenting conveys the process of parenting in all its complexities.

Journal Of The Finnish Anthropological Society

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ISBN : IND:30000107284741
Genre : Anthropology
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Annual Review Of Anthropology

Author : William H. Durham
ISBN : 0824319338
Genre : Social Science
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Social And Cultural Foundations Of Counseling And Human Services

Author : John J. Schmidt
ISBN : UVA:X004896293
Genre : Education
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"Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling and Human Services" addresses the fundamental social and cultural foundations upon which counselors and other helpers develop the knowledge and skill to work effectively with diverse populations. A basic premise of this new text is that such foundational knowledge includes learning about self-concept development within a cultural and sociological context and about the impact that both individual differences and collectivistic philosophies have on cultural and personal identity. It distinctively features a social psychology perspective of diversity, complemented by an understanding of self-concept theory and its interaction with other models of identity development. Highlights of the First Edition: Maintains a balanced perspective on the impact of individualistic and collectivistic philosophies on a person's development. Utilizes a thorough treatment of social status variables that influence self-concept development, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation identity, family, aging, spirituality, physical ability and disability, and social class. Provides concrete examples through exercises and narratives to help students understand the impact of specific social and cultural influences on personal development (Chapters 5-9). Contains "Counseling Inferences" sections at the end of every chapter to help summarize chapter content in the context of what it means for practicing counselors and human service providers. Provides information on and access to numerous Web sites that contain social and cultural topics (Appendix A).


Author : Don Kulick
ISBN : 1585423866
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Draws on the expertise of thirteen anthropologists and an obesity activist to present a multicultural and social examination of fat-related attitudes throughout the world that argues that the state of being overweight is a culturally enforced status that is subject to widely varying public opinions. Original.

Feminism And Women S Rights Worldwide

Author : Michele Antoinette Paludi
ISBN : 0313375984
Genre : Abused women
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"Feminism and Women's Rights Worldwide is both a richly detailed history of the women's movement around the globe and a road map for the next stages in the ongoing fight for gender equality."--Back cover.

Women And Islamic Revival In A West African Town

Author : Adeline Marie Masquelier
ISBN : STANFORD:36105124138897
Genre : Social Science
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In the small town of Dogondoutchi, Niger, Malam Awal, a charismatic Sufi preacher, was recruited by local Muslim leaders to denounce the practices of reformist Muslims. Malam Awal's message has been viewed as a mixed blessing by Muslim women who have seen new definitions of Islam and Muslim practice impact their place and role in society. This study follows the career of Malam Awal and documents the engagement of women in the religious debates that are refashioning their everyday lives. Adeline Masquelier reveals how these women have had to define Islam on their own terms, especially as a practice that governs education, participation in prayer, domestic activities, wedding customs, and who wears the veil and how. Masquelier's richly detailed narrative presents new understandings of what it means to be a Muslim woman in Africa today.

Africa 2004

Author : Charles Hickman Cutter
ISBN : 1887985557
Genre : Political Science
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