Culture and Ethnicity

Habib Naqvi and Krysia Saul

in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580521
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:
Culture and Ethnicity

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This article considers appearance through the lens of culture and ethnicity, with a focus on how different physical attributes are considered desirable in different parts of the world. Drawing on one of the few studies in this area — a qualitative study of a South Asian community's views of visible difference — the article demonstrates how religious and cultural beliefs relating to appearance can influence attitudes, affect social lives, and influence expectations of marriage, particularly amongst women.

Keywords: appearance psychology; South Asian community; visible difference; religious beliefs; cultural beliefs; social life; marriage

Article.  6228 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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