Queens of Academe: Beauty Pageantry, Student Bodies, and College Life

Queens of Academe: Beauty Pageantry, Student Bodies, and College Life

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Universities are unlikely venues for grading bodies, beauty, poise, and style. Nonetheless, thousands of college women have sought not only college diplomas but campus beauty titles and tiaras throughout the twentieth century, and the cultural power of beauty pageants continues into the twenty-first. In Queens of Academe, Karen W. Tice asks how, and why, does higher education remain in the beauty and body business and with what effects on student bodies and identities. Drawing on archival research and interviews as well as hundreds of hours observing college pageants on predominantly black and white campuses, Tice argues the pageants help to illuminate the shifting iterations of class, race, religion, culture, sexuality, and gender braided into campus rituals and student life. Moving beyond a binary of objectification versus empowerment, Tice offers a nuanced analysis of the making of idealized collegiate masculinities and femininities, and the stylization of higher education itself.As significant student rituals, campus pageants likewise raise thorny questions concerning the empowering and ... the a€œMiss Beautiful Moralsa€ in SaudiArabia, the a€œMiss Earth Beauty for a Causea€ pageant, and the anti-assimilation gay a€œMiss anbsp;...

Title:Queens of Academe: Beauty Pageantry, Student Bodies, and College Life
Author: Karen W. Tice
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2012-03-19

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