AbstractsMedical & Health Science

Body Matters: Narratives of the Body

by Sara Høier Olsen

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Body; Beauty Ideals; Social Constructions; Cosmetic Surgery; Narratives
Record ID: 1118971
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/17718


This project engages the notion of the subjective body in a pasture of social constructions in order to gather an understanding of the narratives created by women about their bodies in relation to cosmetic surgery. The empirical data for this project comes from our virtual ethnographic research on the various forums from the MyLooks website. Moreover, perspectives regarding the body, beauty ideals and theoretical positions from Kathryn Morgan and Kathy Davis fill out the structure of the project while lending expertise to the analysis. The overall project touches on subjects including the body, cosmetic surgery, female identity and the relationship between identity and how identity is socially constructed.