Scalpel slaves or cyborgs? : cosmetic surgery and embodied identity

Bentley, Toni Marie. 2003, Scalpel slaves or cyborgs? : cosmetic surgery and embodied identity, M.A. thesis, School of Social and International Studies, Deakin University.

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Title Scalpel slaves or cyborgs? : cosmetic surgery and embodied identity
Author Bentley, Toni Marie.
Institution Deakin University
School School of Social and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Degree name M.A.
Date submitted 2003
Keyword(s) Surgery, Plastic - Social aspects - Victoria
Body image
Summary This thesis explores individuals' experiences of cosmetic surgery in Melbourne. The research conducted with recipients of cosmetic surgery is a complex and ambiguous practice simultaneously encompassing pain and pleasure, agency and constraint, empowerment and conformity. By providing a more nuanced representation of people's experiences of such surgery, the thesis envisions a subjectivity that may better account for individuals' active and lived relationship to their bodies.
Language eng
Description of original [iii], 149 p. : ill. ; 30 cm.
Dewey Decimal Classification 617.95209945
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