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Buying Beauty: Cosmetic Surgery in China

Wen Hua

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Paper, 272 pages, 28 b&w
ISBN: 978-988-8139-82-8
$26.00 / £18.00

March, 2013
Cloth, 272 pages, 28 b&w
ISBN: 978-988-8139-81-1
Hong Kong University Press
$75.00 / £52.00

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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About the Author

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

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