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Author Hua, Wen, author

Title Buying beauty : cosmetic surgery in China / Wen Hua
Published Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 253 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, portraits
Contents The cultural history of plastic surgery in China -- China's first "artificial beauty" -- "Being Good-Looking is Capital" -- From the "Iron rice bowl" to the "Rice bowl of youth" -- The comodification of the body -- China's beauty economy and beauty ideology -- From Barbie doll to the Korean wave -- Between the local and the global
Summary 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. Wen Hua explores how turbulent economic, sociocultural, and political changes in China since the 1980s have produced immense anxiety that is experienced both mentally and corporeally. This book will appeal to readers who are interested in gender studies, China studies, anthropology and sociology of the body, and cultural studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Surgery, Plastic -- China.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789882208506 (electronic bk.)
9882208509 (electronic bk.)