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Buying Beauty: Cosmetic Surgery in China [Paperback]

Wen Wen

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Book Description

March 26 2013

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hong Kong University Press (March 26 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9888139827
  • ISBN-13: 978-9888139828
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,475,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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China is undergoing significant socioeconomic, cultural, and 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 socioeconomic environment, and how the socialist state is loosening its grip on ordinary people. This book offers the excitement of considering social transformation in China.

(Tai-lok Lui, University of Hong Kong)

About the Author

Wen Hua received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read Aug. 13 2013
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Great primer on changing beauty standards and requirements in China. Look forward to seeing more work from the author in the future.

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