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The concept of beauty held by the dominant Eurocentric culture in the United States is a dominant cultural orientation that influences human preferences. This entry focuses on the concept of beauty as generally accepted in African American culture, the ways in which the African American concept of beauty is similar to and differs from the American concept of beauty, and the implications of Eurocentric concepts of human beauty for African American people.

Beauty as an Aspect of Culture

The concept of beauty and the attributes or qualities of people who are considered beautiful emanate from a cultural base. It is the way a pleasing appearance is defined among those who adhere to a shared aesthetic. The issue at hand is whose culture ...

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