All American Beauty: The Experiences of African American, European American, and Japanese American Women with Beauty Culture in the Mid-twentieth Century Untied States

dc.contributor.advisorMoss, Alfred Aen_US
dc.contributor.authorMcAndrew, Jennifer Men_US
dc.contributor.departmentHistoryen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-20T05:35:06Z
dc.date.available2008-06-20T05:35:06Z
dc.date.issued2008-04-22en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study documents how shifting attitudes regarding female display were negotiated between the start of World War II in 1941 and the close of the 1950s. During the middle decades of the twentieth century, multiple players including women, men, employers, and the U. S. government, defined beauty, charm, poise, and grace as essential characteristics of womanhood, creating what I term an all-American beauty ideal. By examining this ideal as it functioned in the lives of African American, European American, and Japanese American women, I argue that each of these groups inscribed its own notions of gender, power, race, and nationalism into representations of the female form. Analyzing this ideal as it operated within and outside of American borders, my study demonstrates the many ways in which beauty culture functioned as a powerful mechanism to expand or diminish the cultural, economic, and political agency of various social groups in the middle decades of the twentieth century.en_US
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/8117
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledHistory, United Statesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledWomen's Studiesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledCanadian Studiesen_US
dc.titleAll American Beauty: The Experiences of African American, European American, and Japanese American Women with Beauty Culture in the Mid-twentieth Century Untied Statesen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US

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