Cosmetic surgery through feminist and cultural narratives: Shifting the focus toward account-giving within doctor-patient relationality

dc.contributor.advisorHoule, Karen
dc.contributor.authorElliott, Lauren
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-25T17:03:11Z
dc.date.available2020-08-25T17:03:11Z
dc.date.copyright2010
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Philosophyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.description.abstractThe practice of cosmetic surgery is an increasingly widespread and pervasive phenomenon in 21st century Western culture, and women are overwhelmingly more likely to pursue elective surgical intervention than men. In light of this gender disparity, feminists have asked whether or not cosmetic surgery ought to be rejected as an inherently oppressive practice, or provisionally accepted as a potential mode of empowerment for some women. This thesis focuses on feminist responses to cosmetic surgery themselves, and analyzes both the cultural 'and' discursive context within which this practice has emerged and proliferated. Ultimately, it suggests that feminists should bracket normative discussions about cosmetic surgery, and respond to the immediate ethical demand posed by the women who already participate in it, by turning next to an analysis of the doctor-patient relationship as this context is the space at which individual and structural injustices intersect.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/21039
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectfeministen_US
dc.subjectresponseen_US
dc.subjectcosmetic surgeryen_US
dc.subjectcultureen_US
dc.subjectnormativeen_US
dc.subjectethicsen_US
dc.subjectdoctor-patient relationshipen_US
dc.titleCosmetic surgery through feminist and cultural narratives: Shifting the focus toward account-giving within doctor-patient relationalityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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