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Appearance and Society

Frith, Hannah (2020) Appearance and Society In: Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780199580521

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This article explores a number of examples of how appearance and the reading about it operate to produce class-based divisions and the different emotional registers which are used to do so. First it examines how the brief description of a woman called Teresa Bystram's appearance in Britain's largest circulation daily tabloid newspaper, The Sun positions her as a ‘chav’ — a figure which circulates through popular cultural representations and has become a pervasive term of abuse for the white poor, evoking mockery and disgust. Second, it examines how mockery, disgust, and humiliation are the emotional registers through which makeover television shows engage in symbolic violence against the working classes, before moving on to consider the implications of makeover shows which adopt a different emotional register.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Editors :
Rumsey, Nicola
Harcourt, Diana
Date : May 2020
DOI : 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199580521.001.0001
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Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2020. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : recognition, misrecognition, media, chav, white poor, mockery, disgust, humiliation, makeover shows, social class
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 18 Jun 2020 13:01
Last Modified : 18 Jun 2020 13:01

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