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Book review: media and the rhetoric of body perfection:cosmetic surgery, weight loss and beauty in popular cultureby Deborah Harris-Moore

Monson, Olivia (2014) Book review: media and the rhetoric of body perfection:cosmetic surgery, weight loss and beauty in popular cultureby Deborah Harris-Moore. LSE Review of Books (24 Apr 2014). Website.

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Abstract

Against the background of the so-called ‘obesity epidemic’, Media and the Rhetoric of Body Perfection critically examines the discourses of physical perfection that pervade Western societies, aiming to shed new light on the rhetorical forces behind body anxieties and extreme methods of weight loss and beautification. Drawing on interview material with cosmetic surgery patients and offering fresh analyses of various texts from popular culture, this book examines the ways in which the media capitalises on body anxiety by presenting physical perfection as a moral imperative, whilst advertising quick and effective transformation methods to erase physical imperfections. The book’s scope is ambitious and broad, and a range of scholars will find it to be a good starting point for research on bodies, gender and media representations, writes Olivia Monson.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2014 10:36
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2020 23:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57443

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