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UNDERCUTTING A KEY MISSION: Grim state-budget forecasts are
forcing some community colleges to consider turning away
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EMBATTLED IN BRITAIN: The closing of a university's
cultural-studies department is a sign not of weakness in the
discipline but of the sorry state of British higher education,
writes Paul Gilroy, a professor of sociology and head of
African-American studies at Yale University.
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MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the July/August issue of "Clamor":
Beauty as beheld by the Masai
In a theme issue on fashion, beauty, and culture, Robert
Biswas-Diener writes on how beauty is viewed by the Masai people
of eastern Africa. They "appear to have a uniquely healthy
outlook on physical attractiveness," and one that is very
different from that of most Americans, writes Mr. Biswas-Diener,
a researcher who studies the quality of life among groups with
materially simple lifestyles.
The Masai people's definition of beauty encompasses not only
physical traits, the author notes, but also character traits. In
the Masai language, "the word for physical appearance (which
roughly translates as a person's 'goodness') can also be used to
describe their morality," he writes. "In short, the Masai give
more than lip service to the qualities that almost all of us
agree 'really matter.'"
The result of this healthy approach, according to Mr.
Biswas-Diener, is a complete satisfaction with one's own
appearance among all members of Masai society. Americans, in
contrast, obsess over appearances, embracing "marvels of
medicine, technology, and cosmetics" that promise to make us
more attractive. Have these "marvels" offered us our own path to
happiness? asks the author. "Indeed, they have not."
The issue also includes articles on the commercialization of
youth identity and American garment-producing sweatshops. Mr.
Biswas-Diener's article is available online at
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