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Adornment : what self-decoration tells us about who we are

Author: Stephen Davies
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.
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Elaborating the history, variety, pervasiveness, and function of the adornments and ornaments with which we beautify ourselves, this book takes in human prehistory, ancient civilizations, hunter-foragers, and present-day industrial societies to tell a captivating story of hair, skin, and make-up practices across times and cultures. From the decline of the hat, the function of jewelry and popularity of tattooing to  Read more...
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Davies, Stephen
Adornment : What Self-Decoration Tells Us about Who We Are
London : Bloomsbury Publishing Plc,c2020
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Davies
ISBN: 1350121002 9781350121010 1350121010 9781350121003 1350120987 1350120995 9781350120990 9781350120983
OCLC Number: 1130900654
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 264 pages)
Contents: Cover page; Halftitle page; Series page; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgments; 1 The Sungir Children; The Ubiquity of Decoration; The Sungir Burials; Decorations as Social Signalers; Asceticism; Decoration and the Group's Cosmology; 2 What Adornment Is; Making Special by Aesthetic Enhancement; The Aesthetic Intention; Are Animals Decorators?; The Symbolic Power of Adornment; Decorative materials; Decoration and Practical Function; Artworks and Adornments; Beads as a Brief Case Study; 3 Bodily Adornment Practices; Bodies versus Artifacts Surgical Interventions and Other Forms of Bodily AlterationTeeth as a Site for Decoration; Hairstyling; Skin, Nails, and Eyes; Regular Bodily Maintenance; 4 Aesthetics and Adornment in Prehistory; The Issue of Behavioral Modernity; Early Religion and Art; Decoration in Prehistory; When did the Aesthetic Sense Develop?; Neanderthal Aesthetics; Denisovans; One Species or Many?; 5 Differences between Men and Women; Adornment and Sex; Evolutionary Psychology on Mate Selection; Cultural Variants on Female Beauty; The Roles of the Sexes in Reproduction Human Beauty and Sex-Based Adornment PracticesWomen's Use of Beautifying Procedures; The Upshot for Adornment; 6 Body Painting and Makeup; Body Painting; Makeup; Hostility to Makeup; History of Cosmetics and Perfume Use; Scents; 7 Scarification and Tattoos; The Beauty of Scarification and Tattooing; Scarification; Tattooing has Similar Functions to Scarification; History of Tattooing; Men's Tattoos and Facial Tattoos; Negative Views of Tattoos; Functions of Permanent Body Marking; 8 Piercings, Plugs, and Jewelry; Body Piercing; Ear Treatments; Lip Plates; Neck Chokers, Bound Feet, and More JewelryJewelry Materials; Jewelry in History; Beads; 9 Clothing; Clothes in History; Clothing Functions; Chinese Clothes; Clothing as Decoration; Adorned Clothes; Headwear: A Case Study; 10 Bali-Sungir Writ Large; A Brief History and Bali's Gods; Animism and Cosmology; Temples and Temple Off erings; Other Occasions for Off erings; Balinese Aesthetics and Art; Competition and Aesthetics; Testing the Theory of Adornment Against the Balinese Case; 11 Conclusion; Human Adornment; We Are All Balinese; Afterword; Notes; References; Index; Plates
Responsibility: Stephen Davies.

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Elaborating the history, variety, pervasiveness, and function of the adornments and ornaments with which we beautify ourselves, this book takes in human prehistory, ancient civilizations, hunter-foragers, and present-day industrial societies to tell a captivating story of hair, skin, and make-up practices across times and cultures. From the decline of the hat, the function of jewelry and popularity of tattooing to the wealth of grave goods found in the Upper Paleolithic burials and body painting of the Nuba, we see that there is no one who does not adorn themselves, their possessions, or their environment. But what messages do these adornments send? Drawing on aesthetics, evolutionary history, archaeology, ethology, anthropology, psychology, cultural history, and gender studies, Stephen Davies brings together African, Australian and North and South American indigenous cultures and unites them around the theme of adornment. He shows us that adorning is one of the few social behaviors that is close to being genuinely universal, more typical and extensive than the high-minded activities we prefer to think of as marking our species religion, morality, and art.

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