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Debra Gimlin, Cosmetic Surgery Narratives: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Women's Accounts

Debra Gimlin, Cosmetic Surgery Narratives: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Women's Accounts BOOK REVIEWS Debra Gimlin, Cosmetic Surgery Narratives: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Women’s Accounts, (Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 2012). ISBN 978-0-2305- 7938-5, pp. XI +197. $100.00 (hardcover). In Cosmetic Surgery Narratives, sociologist of the body, Debra Gimlin, reviews the socio-cultural attitudes towards cosmetic surgery in the United States and Great Britain. Through interviewing sixty-five American women and forty British women, Gimlin uncovers the stories and personal beliefs they hold towards cosmetic surgery. The ways in which women’s attitudes may be influenced by cultural attitudes towards cosmetic procedures is of core interest to Gimlin. In particular, she is concerned with the cultural differences within US and British contexts. To begin, Gimlin provides a critical overview of healthcare development in both countries. The first world war (1914–1918) and the second world war (1939–1945) are outlined as pivotal historical periods for the development of cosmetic procedures. Many soldiers would return from the frontline with injuries that changed their aesthetic and the demand of cosmetic procedures drastically rose. Gimlin also identifies that the British Association of Plastic Surgeons was created in 1946, directly after the end of the Second World War in 1945. It seems, then, cosmetic surgery started to gain rapid momentum when http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Somatechnics Edinburgh University Press

Debra Gimlin, Cosmetic Surgery Narratives: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Women's Accounts

Somatechnics , Volume 9 (1): 2 – Apr 1, 2019

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BOOK REVIEWS Debra Gimlin, Cosmetic Surgery Narratives: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Women’s Accounts, (Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 2012). ISBN 978-0-2305- 7938-5, pp. XI +197. $100.00 (hardcover). In Cosmetic Surgery Narratives, sociologist of the body, Debra Gimlin, reviews the socio-cultural attitudes towards cosmetic surgery in the United States and Great Britain. Through interviewing sixty-five American women and forty British women, Gimlin uncovers the stories and personal beliefs they hold towards cosmetic surgery. The ways in which women’s attitudes may be influenced by cultural attitudes towards cosmetic procedures is of core interest to Gimlin. In particular, she is concerned with the cultural differences within US and British contexts. To begin, Gimlin provides a critical overview of healthcare development in both countries. The first world war (1914–1918) and the second world war (1939–1945) are outlined as pivotal historical periods for the development of cosmetic procedures. Many soldiers would return from the frontline with injuries that changed their aesthetic and the demand of cosmetic procedures drastically rose. Gimlin also identifies that the British Association of Plastic Surgeons was created in 1946, directly after the end of the Second World War in 1945. It seems, then, cosmetic surgery started to gain rapid momentum when

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SomatechnicsEdinburgh University Press

Published: Apr 1, 2019

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