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Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture Paperback – April 25, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0813540481 ISBN-10: 0813540488 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press; 1 edition (April 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813540488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813540481
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Surgery Junkies is an innovative, fast-paced mix of theory and empi (Arthur W. Frank author of The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics and The Renewal of)

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Victoria Pitts-Taylor is an associate professor of sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of In the Flesh: The Cultural Politics of Body Modification.

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Every woman who opts to have cosmetic surgery is likely to incite a variety of knee-jerk reactions regarding her choice and what it says about her. Take, for example, Ashlee Simpson's decision to undergo rhinoplasty, which transformed her nose (and, in turn, her entire appearance) to be more in line with mainstream standards of beauty. Opinions about Ashlee's surgery depicted her simultaneously as vain; as a victim of Hollywood beauty ideals who was duped into changing herself from a unique person into a clone; as a smart consumer who needed to change her ugly nose; and as a free agent who should be left alone to do whatever she wants to her body.

In Surgery Junkies, Victoria Pitts-Taylor addresses these conflicting views and their origins - including feminist theory, psychiatry, television shows, the media, and the cosmetic surgery industry itself. In deconstructing the discourses around cosmetic surgery, she aims to show that the meanings assigned to it are socially constructed and always changing, not fixed and tied to something specific and static within each patient. She is particularly interested in the portrayals and perceptions of women who are seen as "extreme" patients or "junkies" because of the number or nature of the procedures they choose to have. One topic she covers is the perspective, voiced by cosmetic surgeons and reinforced by the reality show Extreme Makeover, that cosmetic surgery is a logical way for people to change the way they look on the outside to match how they feel on the inside, thus creating or restoring their "true" selves. Another chapter covers the medicalization of surgery addiction in the form of the psychiatric diagnosis Body Dysmorphia Disorder (BDD).
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vero on January 18, 2013
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I think this was a used copy but its great i would have never known since the book is so clean and new feeling
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