The World Has Curves

The World Has Curves

The Global Quest for the Perfect Body

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Baker & Taylor
Examines cultural perceptions of beauty in various cultures, touring areas including China's plastic surgery industry and disease-affected parts of South Africa where a heavier figure is associated with health.

McMillan Palgrave

American women today are faced with a paradox: they uphold an ideal of beauty—long, lean, toned—that increasingly bears little resemblance to truth about their size. Women around the world are spending more time, money, and energy pursuing this ideal than ever before. So why does the "perfect body" remain so elusive? And why does the definition of "ideal" vary so widely between countries and cultures?
The World Has Curves is journalist Julia Savacool's attempt to answer these questions. She takes readers on a world tour—from China, where the plastic surgery industry is booming; to South Africa, where a heavier shape signals health in a country ravaged by disease; to Afghanistan, where the burka once again reigns supreme. Through extensive reporting and intimate interviews, she offers readers an understanding of how body ideals—in America and abroad—have come to be inextricably linked to the economics of a culture and the impact of globalization. From news programs to reality shows, from prime time comedy to national advertising campaigns, the topic of women's bodies and our collective judgment of the perfect shape is ever-present. This engaging narrative is newsworthy and provocative and will advance our cultural conversation.



Baker
& Taylor

Examines cultural perceptions of beauty in various cultures, touring such areas as China's plastic surgery industry, disease-affected parts of South Africa where a heavier figure is associated with health, and the burka-enforcing regions of Afghanistan.

Publisher: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale ; [New York] : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, c2009
ISBN: 9781605299389
1605299383
Characteristics: xviii, 206 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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dprodrig
Feb 23, 2010

There are some interesting chapters in this book, where she details some of the cultural body images around the world. However, I find the case studies don't lend themselves to creating strong arguments and the conclusion is weakly written.

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BookWorm432
Nov 16, 2009

This book is truly amazing !

The World Has Curves offers an impressive take on various female body ideals around the world today. Taking note of how body image has changed over the ages due to economic and social standards, this book offers a rational voice in the arena of an otherwise unrealistic ideal.

As this is a great topic to learn about, i think that every woman should read this.

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Feb 23, 2010

dprodrig thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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