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Chapter One: Before/After: From Heresy to Makeover Culture Chapter Two: Space and Place: Globalisation and Mediascapes Chapter Three: Morphing Industries: Surgeons, Patients and Consumers Chapter Four: Stretched Middle Age: Mothers, Daughters and Fairytales Chapter Five: Makeover Misdemeanors: Magazines and Monstrous Celebrities Chapter Six: Sleeping Beauties: Lolo Ferrari and Anaesthesia Chapter Seven: Makeover Artists: Orlan and Michael Jackson Chapter Eight: Conclusion: Transit Lounges for the Self

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Also available in hardback, 9781845206680 GBP55.00 (February, 2008)

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Meredith Jones is based at the Institute for Interactive Media and Learning, University of Technology, Sydney.


'Cosmetic surgery has become one of the most polarizing topics of our time. While feminists have used it as an example of the impact of sexist notions of the perfect body, other cultural critics and performers see plastic surgery as a metaphor for the flexible body in global capitalism. Jones carefully navigates the critical and material terrains of cosmetic surgery and gives us a beautifully nuanced account of what she calls "makeover citizenry." This is a must-read for anyone interested in the body and global capitalism.' Judith Halberstam, University of Southern California 'Meredith Jones' excellent book playfully demonstrates the working of mediation in the current "makeover culture", in which our bodies and appearance are constantly being readjusted. It steers away from the familiar moralism towards cosmetic surgery while also raising important ethical questions about its specific procedures.' Joanna Zylinska, Goldsmiths, University of London 'Skintight is a brilliant analysis of the world-wide (and scary) normalization of MakeOver Culture and the rise of vanguard MakeOver Citizens deeply committed to their never-ending techno-perfectibility. Meredith Jones illuminates all the material and ideological pleasures and pains, the seductiveness, the horror, and astonishing beauty of these culturally-obligatory aesthetic/surgical metamorphoses. Her engaging, witty, compassionate and intellectually rich odyssey must not be missed!' Kathryn Morgan, University of Toronto

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