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American Plastic: Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and the Quest for Perfection


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The riveting story of how cosmetic surgery and plastic money melted together to create a subprime mortgage crisis of the body

Plasticsurgery has become the answer for many Americans, and in American Plastic sociologist Laurie Essig explores how we arrived at this particular solution. Over thelast decade there has been a 465 percent increase in cosmetic work, and we now spend over $12 billion annually on procedures like liposuction, face-lifts, tummy tucks, and boob jobs. In this fascinating book, Essig arguesthat this transformation is the result of massive shifts in both our culture and our economy--a perfect storm of greed, desire, andtechnology.

Plastic is crucial to who we are as Americans, Essig observes. We not only pioneered plastic money but lead the world in our willingness to use it. It's estimated that 30percent of plastic surgery patients earn less than $30,000 a year; another 41 percent earn less than $60,000. And since the average cost of cosmetic work is $8,000, a staggering 85 percent of patients assume debt to getwork done. Using plastic surgery as a lens on better understanding our society, Essig shows how access to credit, medical advances, and the pressures from an image- and youth-obsessed culture have led to an unprecedenteddesire to fix ourselves.

Product Details

Beacon Press
Social Science : General
Essig, Laurie
Business & Economics : General
Medical : Surgery - Plastic & Cosmetic
Social Science : Gender Studies
Political Science : Public Policy - Economic Policy
Publication Date:
December 2010

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Business » General
Business » Management
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

American Plastic: Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and the Quest for Perfection
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