A powerful and original commentary on the relationship between cosmetic surgery, credit, and culture.
Product Code: 4689
ISBN: 9780807003237
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Published Date: 11/08/2011
Pages: 248
Availability:In stock
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Price: $20.00

In this provocative book, sociologist Laurie Essig traces the history of plastic surgery, tracks the effect of fashion and porn on our desire to "fix" ourselves, and explores our image- and youth-obsessed culture. In over two hundred interviews of plastic surgeons and surgery recipients, Essig creates an unforgettable portrait of contemporary America. American Plastic is a powerful and original commentary on the relationship between cosmetic surgery, credit, and culture.


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Contents

Introduction

Part I: American Plastic

1 A Short History of Plastic

2 The State of Plastic

3 Plastic People and Their Doctors

Part II: Boob Jobs and Credit Cards

4 Learning to Be Plastic: Magazines, TV, and Other Cultural Scripts

5 The Mirror and the Porn Star: Ideal Forms, osmetic Surgery, and Everyday Aesthetics

6 Broken Plastic

Part III: The Quest for Perfection

7 Resistance

8 . . . Is Futile?

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

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