Title

Body Image Perception among Women of African Descent: A Normative Context?

Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3463-5704

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1998

Publication Title

Feminism and Psychology

Volume

8

Issue

3

First Page

303

Last Page

323

DOI

10.1177/0959353598083005

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to integrate research from across the social sciences in order to understand Black women's body image perceptions. To accomplish this goal, the effects of race, ethnicity, class and culture are examined. Cultural differences between African Canadians/Americans and Blacks living in Africa and the Caribbean are outlined and their effects on Black women's experiences of weight and eating are also discussed. Some of the historical underpinnings, and several aspects of the current social context within which Black women live are explored in order to explain body image perceptions.

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