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Intergenerational Variation in Cultural Models of Body Size in Puerto Rico

Abstract Culture informs ideas about healthy and acceptable body types. Through globalization the U.S.-European body model has become increasingly significant in local contexts, influencing local body models. While Puerto Ricans have historically valued plump bodies - a biocultural legacy of a historically food scarce environment - this dissertation investigated shifts in these ideals across generations to a stronger preference for thinness. A sample of 23 intergenerational family triads of women, and one close male relative or friend per woman, were administered quantitative questionnaires. Ethnographic interviews were conducted with a sub-sample of women from 16 triads and 1 quintet. Questions about weight history and body sizes were used to addre... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Rodriguez-Soto, Isa (Author) / Maupin, Jonathan (Advisor) / Wutich, Amber (Committee member) / Walters-Pacheco, Kattia (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Cultural anthropology / Psychology / Individual & family studies / Body image / Caribbean / Culture change / Global health / Intergenerational / Medical anthropology
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 338 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Social Science and Health 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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