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Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture

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"Surgery Junkies is an innovative, fast-paced mix of theory and empirical research that advances our understanding of contemporary bodies, lifestyle medicine, and the making of the embodied, self-fashioned self. Scholars and teachers of cultural and media studies, sociology of the body, and health and society will value its contributions to both their research and their te ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 25th 2007 by Rutgers University Press (first published 2007)
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Mark
Nov 11, 2010 Mark rated it liked it

If you're looking for a polemic for or against plastic surgery, this is not your book. Which is why I enjoyed it.

Victoria Pitts-Taylor stakes out an unusual position on this debate. She is a women's studies scholar and as such, she regularly interacts with feminist thinkers who believe all plastic surgery is bad, victimizing women who are manipulated into meeting patriarchal beauty standards. But she also has had a rhinoplasty herself, which gave her nuanced insights into what it can mean to wan
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Nathan
May 13, 2009 Nathan rated it liked it
Victoria Pitts-Taylor aims an icepick-sharp intellect at a complex and possibly controversial issue. Rigorously intellectual, the text demands at least passing familiarity with several fields of study, including sociology, pop culture studies and pyschology, but Pitts-Taylor guides us through with candor and expertise, implicating both psychological disorders and the media at large.
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Dec 07, 2012 ♥ Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction

Great insight on different feminist perspectives regarding various attitudes toward cosmetic surgery in popular culture, mainstream society, and cosmetic surgery addiction in general. Examines the pathologization of cosmetic surgery patients, socio-economic implications, media influence, and briefly touches upon the notion of self v. body. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is discussed under a critical lens, and the lawsuit between the surgeon and the woman with supposed BDD was the highlight of th
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Bill
Dec 13, 2010 Bill rated it liked it
Pros:
This book took on the discussion around cosmetic surgery, rather than cosmetic surgery itself. This is one of the greatest strengths of the book, because it allows the author to remain (mostly) unbiased in her analysis. She made a number of insightful discoveries about the nature of this discussion, including medical, feminist, academic and legal fields.

Cons:
The writing is very dense throughout most of the book. At certain points, I found myself losing interest halfway through a sentence.
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