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Beauty and business : commerce, gender, and culture in modern America

Author: Philip Scranton
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2001.
Series: Hagley perspectives on business and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Beauty seems simple; we know it when we see it. But of course our ideas about what is attractive are influenced by a broad range of social and economic factors, and in Beauty and Business leading historians set out to provide this important cultural context. How have retailers shaped popular consciousness about beauty? And how, in turn, have cultural assumptions influenced the commodification of beauty? The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Scranton
ISBN: 0415926661 9780415926669 041592667X 9780415926676
OCLC Number: 44016646
Description: iv, 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: On beauty--
and the history of business / Kathy Peiss --
"Any desired length": negotiating gender through sports clothing, 1870-1925 / Sarah A. Gordon --
Questionable beauty: the dangers and delights of the cigarette in American society, 1880-1930 / Nancy Bowman --
Collars and consumers: changing images of American manliness and business / Carole Turbin --
"Fighting the corsetless evil": shaping corsets and culture, 1900-1930 / Jill Fields --
A depression-proof business strategy: the California Perfume Company's motivational literature / Katina L. Manko --
"I had my own business--
so I didn't have to worry": beauty salons, beauty culturists, and the politics of African-American female entrepreneurship / Tiffany Melissa Gill --
"At the curve exchange": postwar beauty culture and working women at Maidenform / Vicki Howard --
Estée Lauder: self-definition and the modern cosmetics market / Nancy Kohen --
Black is profitable: the commodification of the Afro, 1960-1975 / Susannah Walker --
"Loveliest daughter of our ancient Cathay!": representations of ethnic and gender identity in the Miss Chinatown U.S.A. beauty pageant / Judy Tzu-Chun Wu --
Hiding the scars: history of breast prostheses after mastectomy since 1945 / Kirsten E. Gardner.
Series Title: Hagley perspectives on business and culture.
Responsibility: edited by Philip Scranton.
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Leading historians explore how our ideas of what is attractive are influenced by a broad range of social and economic factors. They force us to reckon with the ways that beauty has been made, bought  Read more...

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