Setting The Scene: Summary and Synthesis

Diana Harcourt and Nichola Rumsey

in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580521
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:
Setting The Scene: Summary and Synthesis

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This article provides a summary and synthesis of Section I of this book. It considers the emerging themes from this section, including the influences on changing societal and cultural norms over time, the importance of people's subjective perceptions and experiences of their appearance, the influence of gatekeepers to care, and the implications that the myriad of factors influencing appearance concerns have for theory in this field.

Keywords: appearance psychology; social currency; subjective perspective; objective perspective; gatekeepers; media

Article.  1575 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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