The Body Beautiful

Evolutionary and Sociocultural Perspectives

  • Viren Swami
  • Adrian Furnham

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Methodological Critiques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Melissa Bateson, Piers L. Cornelissen, Martin J. Tovée
      Pages 46-62
  4. Attractiveness Research Across Cultures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Isabel Scott, Gillian R. Bentley, Martin J. Tovée, Farid Uddin Ahamed, Kesson Magid
      Pages 65-87
    3. Douglas W. Yu, Stephen R. Proulx, Glenn H. Shepard
      Pages 88-107
  5. Theory Development: Evolutionary Perspectives

  6. Theory Development: Sociocultural Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Linda Smolak, Sarah K. Murnen
      Pages 236-258
    3. Rachel M. Calogero, Michael Boroughs, J. Kevin Thompson
      Pages 259-298
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 299-316

About this book


In this volume, contributors from a range of perspectives - evolutionary psychology to anthropology, sociology to cognitive and motivational psychology - explore questions of what our attractiveness preferences are and why we find certain others physically attractive, offering a fresh perspective to understanding the perception of attractiveness.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Viren Swami
    • 1
  • Adrian Furnham
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LiverpoolUK
  2. 2.University College LondonUK

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