By Deborah Harris-Moore
Opposed to the history of the so-called ’obesity epidemic’, Media and the Rhetoric of physique Perfection seriously examines the discourses of actual perfection that pervade Western societies, laying off new mild at the rhetorical forces at the back of physique anxieties and severe equipment of weight-loss and beautification. Drawing on wealthy interview fabric with plastic surgery sufferers and supplying clean analyses of assorted texts from pop culture, together with internationally-screened reality-television indicates together with the most important Loser, severe Makeover and The Swan in addition to leisure courses and documentaries, this booklet examines the ways that Western media capitalize on physique anxiousness by way of featuring actual perfection as an ethical primary, whereas ads speedy and powerful transformation tips on how to erase actual imperfections. With recognition to modern traces of resistance to criteria of thinness and makes an attempt to redefine conceptions of attractiveness, Media and the Rhetoric of physique Perfection will entice students and scholars of pop culture, tv, media and cultural reports, in addition to the sociology of the physique, feminist idea, physique transformation and plastic surgery.
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