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Concerning Beards: Facial Hair, Health and Practice in England 1650-1900 (Facialities: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Human Face)

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Concerning Beards: Facial Hair, Health and Practice in England 1650-1900 (Facialities: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Human Face)

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Providing a new understanding of the meanings and motivations behind the wearing of beards, moustaches and whiskers, and their associated practices and practitioners, this book provides an important new long-term perspective on health and the male body in British society. It argues that the male face has long been an important site for the articulation of bodily health and vigour, as well as masculinity.

Through an exploration of the history of male facial hair in England, Alun Withey underscores its complex meanings, medical implications and socio-cultural significance from the mid-17th to the early 20th century. Herein, he charts the gradual shift in concepts of facial hair and shaving - away from 'formal' medicine and practice - towards new concepts of hygiene and personal grooming.

This book is part of the Facialities series, which explores the social, cultural and political significance of the face in human history.

Alun Withey is a Senior Lecturer in History, University of Exeter, UK, and has recently completed a Wellcome Trust-funded research project Do Beards Matter?: Facial Hair, Health and Hygiene in Britain, 1650-1900'.

ISBN: 9781350127845

ISBN-10: 9781350127845

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Publication Date: 02/11/2021 - 12:00am

On Sale: 02/11/2021 - 12:00am

Pages: 344

Language: English

Categories

History

Europe - Great Britain - Stuart Era (1603-1714)

Europe - Great Britain - Georgian Era (1714-1837)

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