Call for papers: “Beauty and Health”
Call for papers – Medische Antropologie, Dutch journal of medical anthropology – “Beauty and Health”
Please submit papers to Alex Edmonds at email@example.com by January 30
Beauty and health. In most societies beauty can be seen as a sign of health, presenting the body as the materialization of wealth and power. But as anthropologists we are also familiar with an astonishing range of aesthetic ideals and body modification procedures that are violent and harmful to the body. The Western beauty ideal of a slim and youthful body leads to practices that carry their own health risks, ranging from severe dieting to cosmetic surgery. And then there is the growing importance of the ‘aesthetic of health’, the idea that the continuous improvement of the body is possible and desirable. Beauty can be both a sign of health and an invitation to endanger it. ‘Beauty and health’ in its many varieties, is a theme that prompts reflection from several focus points, not only anthropological, but also psychological, medical, sociobiological and historical.