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Face Work: Cultural, Technical, and Surgical Interventions for Facial "Disfigurement"

dc.creatorTalley, Heather Laine
dc.description.abstractThis sociological and cultural analysis of facial disfigurement employs multi-sited ethnographic methods, participant-observation, content analysis, interviews, and autoethnography to examine four sites in which faces defined as disfigured are “repaired.” Characterizing work aimed at repairing the face as “face work,” I demonstrate that face work is a multifaceted, complex, and contradictory process wherein the face is technically repaired and what disfigurement means is negotiated. I examine an emerging and contested biomedical technology, face transplantation; facial feminization surgery aimed at and used by male-to-female transsexuals; reality television show Extreme Makeover; and international not-for-profit Operation Smile. I argue that face work is not simply a conglomeration of reconstructive techniques aimed at the human face but rather the work of making the disfigured human.
dc.subjectdisability studies
dc.subjectsymbolic interactionism
dc.subjectreconstructive surgery
dc.subjectcosmetic surgery
dc.subjectsociology of the body
dc.titleFace Work: Cultural, Technical, and Surgical Interventions for Facial "Disfigurement"
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLaura M. Carpenter
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSteven J. Tepper
dc.contributor.committeeMemberJeffrey P. Bishop
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dc.contributor.committeeChairMonica J. Casper

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