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Buying Beauty-- Cosmetic Surgery in China
作者 Wen Hua
出版社 Hong Kong University Press
ISBN 9789888139828
分類 Social Science > Anthropology
價格 HK$195.00
 
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Cosmetic surgery in China has grown rapidly in recent years of dramatic social transition. Facing fierce competition in all spheres of daily life, more and more women consider cosmetic surgery as an investment to gain "beauty capital" to increase opportunities for social and career success.

Building on rich ethnographic data, this book presents the perspectives of women who have undergone cosmetic surgery, illuminating the aspirations behind their choices. The author explores how turbulent economic, socio-cultural and political changes in China since the 1980s have produced immense anxiety that is experienced by women both mentally and physically. This book will appeal to readers who are interested in gender studies, China studies, anthropology and sociology of the body, and cultural studies.


About the Author:

Wen Hua received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has worked in academia and international organizations in the field of gender and development.


"China is undergoing significant socio-economic, cultural as well as political changes. It offers an opportunity to examine how people develop their new perspective of what constitutes beauty, how they would work on their bodies in order to respond to new expectations and the new socio-economic environment, and how the socialist state is loosening its grip on the ordinary people. This book offers its readers the excitement of looking at social transformation in China."

-Tai-lok Lui, the University of Hong Kong


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements

Introduction

I. Cultural Background of Cosmetic Surgery
1. The Cultural History of Plastic Surgery in China
2. China's First "Artificial Beauty"

II. "Beauty Capital" in Social Transition
3. "Being Good-Looking is Capital"
4. From the "Iron Rice Bowl" to the "Rice Bowl of Youth"

III. The Beauty Economy and "Beauty Diplomacy"
5. The Commodification of the Body
6. China's Beauty Economy and Beauty Ideology

IV. Globalization and the Changing Image of Beauty
7. From Barbie Doll to the Korean Wave
8. Between the Local and the Global

Conclusion

Glossary
References
Index


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