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Faces Inside and Outside the Clinic A Foucauldian Perspective on Cosmetic Facial Modification

Tony Mchugh

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Hardcover. 191 pages. Dimensions: 9.3in. x 6.1in. x 0.1in.Drawing on studies of surface topography, image editing, and diagnostic and surgical experience, Faces Inside and Outside the Clinic addresses the notion of truth in what are considered to be right and wrong faces, whether in clinical cosmetic procedures or in specific sociocultural contexts outside the clinic. With attention to the manner in which the human face - and often the individual herself or himself as a consequence - is physically defined, conceptually judged, numerically measured and clinically analysed, this book reveals that on closer inspection, supposedly objective and evidential truths are in fact subjective and prescriptive. Adopting a Foucauldian analysis of the ways in which normalising technologies and techniques ultimately preserve and expand upon an increasing array of abnormal facial configurations, Faces Inside and Outside the Clinic shows that when determining right and wrong faces, what happens inside the clinic is inextricably linked to what happens outside the clinic - and vice versa. As such, it will be of interest to scholars and students of social, cultural and political theory, contemporary philosophy and the social scientific study of science, health and technology. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781472412171

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Title: Faces Inside and Outside the Clinic A ...

Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co

Binding: Hardcover

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Drawing on studies of surface topography, image editing, and diagnostic and surgical experience, Faces Inside and Outside the Clinic addresses the notion of ’truth’ in what are considered to be ’right’ and ’wrong’ faces, whether in clinical cosmetic procedures or in specific sociocultural contexts outside the clinic. With attention to the manner in which the human face - and often the individual herself or himself as a consequence - is physically defined, conceptually judged, numerically measured and clinically analysed, this book reveals that on closer inspection, supposedly objective and evidential ’truths’ are in fact subjective and prescriptive. Adopting a Foucauldian analysis of the ways in which ’normalising technologies’ and ’techniques’ ultimately preserve and expand upon an increasing array of ’abnormal’ facial configurations, Faces Inside and Outside the Clinic shows that when determining ’right’ and ’wrong’ faces, what happens inside the clinic is inextricably linked to what happens outside the clinic - and vice versa. As such, it will be of interest to scholars and students of social, cultural and political theory, contemporary philosophy and the social scientific study of science, health and technology.

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Tony McHugh is a research associate in the Department of Media, Music, Communication, and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, Australia, and has three decades of diagnostic and surgical teaching experience at the University of Sydney, Australia.

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