Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex, and Plastic Surgery in Brazil

Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex, and Plastic Surgery in Brazil

by Alexander Edmonds
     
 


This ethnographic account of Brazil s emergence as a global leader in plastic surgery takes readers from Ipanema socialite circles to telenovela studios to the packed waiting rooms of public hospitals offering free cosmetic surgery.See more details below

Overview


This ethnographic account of Brazil s emergence as a global leader in plastic surgery takes readers from Ipanema socialite circles to telenovela studios to the packed waiting rooms of public hospitals offering free cosmetic surgery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822348016
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
896,950
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Edmonds is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.

Table of Contents

Illustrations viii

Introduction. In the Universe of Beauty 1

Part 1 The Self-Esteem in Each Ego awakens

The Siliconadas 37

The Philosopher of Plástica 47

Without Tits There Is No Paradise 57

A Brief History of Self-Esteem 75

Hospital School 89

The Right to Beauty 102

Aesthetic Health 114

Part 2 Beautiful People

Preta 123

Magnificent Miscegenation 127

The National Passion 135

Nanci's Rhinoplasty 143

My Black Is My Brand 150

Role Models 162

The Economy of Appearances 167

Part 3 Engineering, the Erotic

Creating and Modeling Nature 177

Aesthetic Medicine and Motherhood 183

The Vanity of Maids 195

Lens of Dreams 204

I Love Myself 219

Conclusion 239

Acknowledgments 253

Notes 257

References 269

Index 287

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