The Decorated Body As Communication

This course explores the ways in which human beings around the world, past and present, decorate their bodies. There is no known culture in which people do not paint, pierce, tattoo, reshape or simply adorn their bodies. Whether with permanent marks like tattoos or scars, or temporary decorations like makeup, clothing and hairstyles, body art is a way of signalling an individual's place in society, marking a special moment, celebrating a transition in life or simply following a fashion. It can also be considered as a language or form of communication. What messages do these practices carry? How have they been used to identify us as individuals or as members of a group? How have ideas about what people consider beautiful changed over time? (lec 3) cr 3. Lecture (3.00).

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