Women, Doctors and Cosmetic Surgery: Negotiating the 'Normal' Body

Hardcover | April 15, 2010

byRhian Parker

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This book explores an innovative study of women who undergo cosmetic study and the doctors who carry it out. It situates cosmetic surgery as a personal choice made by women against the social and cultural reality of the way womens bodies are scrutinised in Western countries.

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This book explores an innovative study of women who undergo cosmetic study and the doctors who carry it out. It situates cosmetic surgery as a personal choice made by women against the social and cultural reality of the way womens bodies are scrutinised in Western countries.

RHIAN PARKER is Senior Lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Canberra, Australia.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:230 pages, 8.77 × 5.69 × 0.79 inPublished:April 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230574009

ISBN - 13:9780230574007

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Table of Contents


Introduction * Cosmetic Surgery and the 'Normalisation' of the Body: A Short History * The Female Body and Body Image: An Historical Perspective * Social and Feminist Theories and the Body
* The Cosmetic Surgery Business * Cosmetic Surgery: Patient and Doctor Motivations * Communication Between Doctors and Patients in the Cosmetic Surgery Setting * Understanding Risk in Cosmetic Surgery * Conclusion * References * Index