Media and the Rhetoric of Body Perfection: Cosmetic Surgery, Weight Loss and Beauty in Popular Culture

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 15, 2014 - Social Science - 210 pages
Drawing on rich interview material with cosmetic surgery patients and offering fresh analyses of various texts from popular culture, including internationally-screened reality-television, entertainment programs and documentaries, this book examines the ways in which Western media capitalize on body anxiety by presenting physical perfection as a moral imperative, while advertising quick and effective transformation methods to erase physical imperfections.
 

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Contents

Survival of the fittest
1
Mass Media and the Perfection Market
27
Reality television transformation
53
fabricating fatness and transformation in cinema
77
Gaining and Losing in Reallife transformations
109
Resistant Bodies and the Politics of Perfection
139
conclusion
171
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Deborah Harris-Moore is Lecturer in the Writing Program at University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.

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