Cosmetic Surgery Narratives: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Women's Accounts

Cosmetic Surgery Narratives: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Women's Accounts

by D. Gimlin
     
 

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This book examines British and American women's narratives of cosmetic surgery collected between 1995 and 2007, with particular attention to what those narratives say about the contemporary status of cosmetic surgery and "local" ideas about its legitimate and illegitimate uses. The book argues that British and American women employ justificatory strategies that

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This book examines British and American women's narratives of cosmetic surgery collected between 1995 and 2007, with particular attention to what those narratives say about the contemporary status of cosmetic surgery and "local" ideas about its legitimate and illegitimate uses. The book argues that British and American women employ justificatory strategies that normalize aesthetic procedures by aligning them with nationally-specific notions of "appropriate" medical treatment. Consumers' narratives are also informed by "global" discourses that portray cosmetic surgery as a lifestyle choice and a tool for holding one's own in the competitive marketplace of employment or heterosexual romance. Such meanings are in turn reworked by women in their own accounting, at the same time that accounts are limited by culturally-available symbolic resources and institutional structures. Where the general and specific are incompatible - as is more often the case in the British context - women respond by stressing the power of externally-imposed appearance mandates and their entitlement to self-care.

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"Hanlon has produced a comprehensive text on masculinity and caring and one that I would recommend to scholars across the social sciences. It was an engaging piece to read, one that was well thought out and presented." - Journal of Gender Studies

"This book could serve as a teaching tool in advanced gender studies courses because it provides a rare, in depth analysis of how men interpret their role in fathering, housework, and emotion work" - Sex Roles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230579385
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
11/27/2012
Edition description:
2012
Pages:
197
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

DEBRA GIMLIN is a senior lecturer in Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, UK. She is the author of Body Work: Beauty and Self-Image in American Culture and co-editor (with David Inglis) of Globalization and Food.

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