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Before and after: Femininity, class and race in Plastic Surgery and Beauty
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
2008 (English)In: Luso-Brazilian Review, ISSN 0024-7413, E-ISSN 1548-9957, Vol. 45, no 1, 146-163 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present article analyzes how women and cosmetic surgery are represented in a Brazilian magazine called Plastica e Beleza [Plastic Surgery and Beauty]. This monthly magazine is specialized, as its name indicates, in bodily aesthetics, and it addresses mostly a female audience. Situated within an anthropological analysis of media, the present article investigates how discourses about bodily aesthetics produce and reproduce certain representations of gender, class, and race that can be found in contemporary Brazil. It is argued that cosmetic surgery's ""before and after"" reflects the here and now of the Brazilian social body.

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2008. Vol. 45, no 1, 146-163 p.
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women’s health, plastic surgery, aesthetics, gender, social classes, race
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-57680ISI: 000274846300007OAI: diva2:417172
authorCount :1Available from: 2011-05-16 Created: 2011-05-16 Last updated: 2011-05-16Bibliographically approved

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