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    Making the Perfect Queen: The Cultural Production of Identities in Beauty Pageants

    King O'Riain, Rebecca (2008) Making the Perfect Queen: The Cultural Production of Identities in Beauty Pageants. Sociology Compass, 2 (1). pp. 74-83. ISSN 1751-9020

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    Beauty queens are symbolic representations of collective cultural indentities and beauty pageants are fields of active ‘cultural production’. This article surveys the growing literature on beauty pageants to better understand how culture is produced within the contexts of pageants. To do so, the article examines how beauty pageants operate as sites of commodification and consumption in a world increasingly influenced by global markets and media institutions. It also illustrates how culture is produced in beauty pageants by examining beauty pageants as sites of oppression, sites to articulate cultural agency, and sites of ethnic, gender, cultural, and sexual identity production.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Cultural identities; Beauty queens; Beauty pageants; media; global markets; cultural production;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 9039
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    Depositing User: Dr Rebecca King O Riain
    Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2017 11:03
    Journal or Publication Title: Sociology Compass
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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