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dc.contributor.supervisor Malacrida, Claudia
dc.contributor.author Boulton, Tiffany
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2008-03-25T19:51:05Z
dc.date.available 2008-03-25T19:51:05Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/618
dc.description viii, 228 leaves ; 29 cm. en
dc.description.abstract This research project examines the experiences of women who have undergone elective cosmetic breast surgery. Drawing from qualitative in-depth interviews with twenty four women, this study examines why these women were willing to undergo dangerous and invasive cosmetic surgery procedures to change the appearance of their breasts. It is argued that although the women exercised agency in their decision-making, their choices were severely constrained by a culture that rewards women for conforming to feminine beauty norms, and sanctions those who do not. The women’s experiences further reveal that their decisions often “cut both ways.” These women’s decisions “cut both ways,” because while the women acquired personal benefits, these came with significant physical and emotional costs. Finally, it “cuts both ways,” because while these women personally benefited, their decisions result in the reproduction of the current beauty system and uphold the unjust feminine beauty norms on which it is based. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2007 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.subject Augmentation mammaplasty -- Social aspects en
dc.subject Breast -- Surgery -- Social aspects en
dc.subject Surgery, Plastic -- Social aspects en
dc.subject Body image in women -- Social aspects en
dc.subject Beauty, Personal -- Social aspects en
dc.title Cuts both ways : women's experiences of cosmetic breast surgery en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Arts and Science en
dc.publisher.department Department of Sociology en
dc.degree.level Masters


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