America's breast implant craze: exploring the politics of a postmodern gendered body
Master of Arts (MA)
Global and Sociocultural Studies
First Advisor's Name
Stephen M. Fjellman
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Shearon A. Lowery
Third Advisor's Name
Guillermo J. Grenier
Date of Defense
This master's thesis concerns the increasing popularity of cosmetic breast augmentation in America in recent years. Specifically, statistics indicate that between 1992 and 1998 there has been a 306% rise in the number of breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. (ASPRS, 1999). Why do women elect a surgery to cosmetically augment their breasts?
Taking a postmodern theoretical approach, this research offers a meta-theory for women's desires and ultimately their decisions for cosmetic breast augmentation. It entails examining a multiplicity of converging micro- and macro-level social forces, subject to historical, cultural, economic, and religious and philosophical interpretation.
Supplementary interviews provide additional theoretical support and direction, engaging the discourse of women in response to one, open-ended question, "Why is it that a woman would desire and ultimately decide to have cosmetic breast augmentation or enhancement?" Together these women's personal narratives reveal a metadiscourse on the politics of a postmodern gendered body in America.
Clark, Pamela Michelle, "America's breast implant craze: exploring the politics of a postmodern gendered body" (2000). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2376.
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