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Beauty Queens on the Global Stage : Gender, Contests, and Power - Colleen Cohen Ballinero

Beauty Queens on the Global Stage

Gender, Contests, and Power

By: Colleen Cohen Ballinero (Editor), Richard Wilk (Editor), Beverly Stoeltje (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th November 1995
ISBN: 9780415911535
Number Of Pages: 266
For Ages: 18 years old

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Beauty pageants--as competition and performance--are wildly popular cultural events world-wide. They have, however, received surprisingly little scholarly attention. What literature there is on beauty pageants has mostly been limited to American pageants. This collection brings together studies of pageants in fourteen different cultures. The chapters range from studies of community queen pageants in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Andalusia and rural Minnesota, to studies of international contests held in Thailand, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Tonga and Tibet, and include a study of a Moslem Philippine transsexual beauty queen contest, and an ethnographic account by a contestant in the Miss Moscow 1989 pageant.
These essays discuss the ways gender ideologies are represented and reinforced in beauty pageants and highlight the cultural specificity of notions of beauty and femininity that figure in the selection of pageant queens. We see the strategic and political uses to which pageants are put, by sponsors and contestants alike. Questions of gender aesthetics, performance, and display are engaged in a way that recognizes the agency of pageant participants even as it underscores the ideologies and structures of power within which they operate.
"Beauty Queens on the Global Stage" considers beauty contests as key sites for formulating, negotiating and challenging national and group identities, and shows how identity is portrayed and utilized in an international arena. Each of these essays looks at beauty pageants and contestants in the broader context of struggles over identity.

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"The traditional feminist analysis certainly informs these essays, but it gains complexity from its incorporation into a broader scheme. In adddition, the book's international slant highlights an array of tensions that fade into the background when gender is the primary focus." -"Washington City Paper "To put it mildly, once you enter this book, you're not in Kansas anymore--or Vermont, Florida or Maine. Th eissues raised here are far more subtle, sophisticated and cosmopolitan than whether that blonde from Fargo can sing. . . . Every year about this time, we 're forced to think about Miss America. . . . "Beauty Queens on the Global Stage sends the mesage that if we really need to expend some brain power in that direction, we ought to put on our thinking tiaras and really do it." -"Philadelp[hia Enquirer "This volume provides just the kind of new perspective on discussions of local-global phenomena that is required." -Daniel Miller, "Judges, sponsors, viewers, finance ministers and the would-be queens are on show here as they all contest the meaning of nation, market, and the democracy via the medium of feminine beauty. Cohen, Wilk, and Stoeltje lift the curtain for us on this power-infused international political stage." -Cynthia Enloe, author of "The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War "It is precisely because this coherent, challenging collection--ranging from the whimsically autobiographical to the polemically theoretical--addresses a nominally trivial' topic that it successfully reveals active cultural reformulation among people and peoples commonly denied the capacity for independent agency. The gendered character of these contestslends them enormous potential as sites for the contestation of power and authority, in a world widened far beyond local horizons but accustomed to local and bodily frames of reference." -MichaelHerzfeld, Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Beauty Queens on the Global Stagep. 1
The Snake Charmer Queen: Ritual, Competition, and Signification in American Festivalp. 13
"It's Not a Beauty Pageant!": Hybrid Ideology in Minnesota Community Queen Pageantsp. 31
Homage to "La Cordobesa": Local Identity and Pageantry in Andalusiap. 47
Beauty, Women, and Competition: "Moscow Beauty 1989"p. 61
The India Bonita of Monimbo: The Politics of Ethnic Identity in the New Nicaraguap. 75
Negotiating Style and Mediating Beauty: Transvestite (Gay/Bantut) Beauty Contests in the Southern Philippinesp. 89
Authenticity and Guatemala's Maya Queenp. 105
Contestants in a Contested Domain: Staging Identities in the British Virgin Islandsp. 125
Carrying the Queen: Identity and Nationalism in a Liberian Queen Rallyp. 147
Miss Tibet, or Tibet Misrepresented?: The Trope of Woman-as-Nation in the Struggle for Tibetp. 161
The Miss Heilala Beauty Pageant: Where Beauty Is More than Skin Deepp. 185
The Politics of Beauty in Thailandp. 203
Connections and Contradictions: From the Crooked Tree Cashew Queen to Miss World Belizep. 217
Referencesp. 233
Contributorsp. 247
Indexp. 251
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415911535
ISBN-10: 0415911532
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 13th November 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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