Faces around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the Human Face

Faces around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the Human Face

by Margo DeMello


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This book provides a comprehensive examination of the human face, providing fascinating information from biological, cultural, and social perspectives.

Our faces identify who we are—not only what we look like and what ethnicities we belong to, but they can also identify what religions we practice and what personal ideologies we have. This one-of-a-kind A–Z reference explores the ways we change, beautify, and adorn our faces to create our personalities and identities.

In addition to covering the basics such as the anatomical structure and function of parts of the human face, the entries examine how the face is viewed around the world, allowing students to easily draw connections and differences between various cultures around the world. Readers will learn about a wide variety of topics, including identity in different cultures; religious beliefs; folklore; extreme beautification; the "evil eye;" scarification; facial piercing and facial tattooing masks; social views about beauty including cosmetic surgery and makeup; how gender, class and sexuality play a role in our understanding of the face; and skin, eye, mouth, nose, and ear diseases and disorders. This encyclopedia is ideal for high school and undergraduate students studying anthropology, anatomy, gender, religion, and world cultures.

• A complete bibliography of sources and index of subjects

• Includes 100 images, numerous sidebars, and interesting "pop-out" quotes related to the face

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598846171
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Pages: 337
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Margo DeMello, PhD, lectures at Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM, teaching sociology, cultural studies, and anthropology.

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