Shame on You: Cosmetic Surgery and Class Transformation in '10 Years Younger’

Doyle, Julie and Karl, I. (2008) Shame on You: Cosmetic Surgery and Class Transformation in '10 Years Younger’ In: Palmer, Gareth, ed. The Big Reveal: Lifestyle TV. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK, pp. 83-99. ISBN 978-0-7546-7430-6 (hardback)

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Abstract

This article critically engages with the gender and class politics of contemporary makeover shows. Taking the British TV series 10 Years Younger as case study, it is argued that cosmetic surgery is being legitimized as a form of female empowerment within media discourse through narratives of individual choice and self-liberation. Whilst ‘transformations’ are figured as attainable to all women, they serve to reinforce class differences by identifying certain kinds of bodies as worthless, leaving unquestioned the cultural and economic resources required for access to and maintenance of the surgically transformed body.

Item Type:Chapter in book
Uncontrolled Keywords:cosmetic surgery, lifestyle TV, class, gender
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L320 Gender studies
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies > P301 Television Studies
Faculties:Faculty of Arts > School of Arts and Media
ID Code:7131
Deposited By:Julie Doyle
Deposited On:04 May 2010
Last Modified:21 Mar 2012 13:03

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