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Buying Beauty: Cosmetic Surgery in China

WEN Hua

Abstract

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 tha ... More

Keywords: “artificial beauty”, beauty capital, beauty economy, body image, cosmetic surgery, consumer culture, gender, globalization, post-Mao China, state power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9789888139811
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139811.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

WEN Hua, author