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The Beauty Industry : Gender, Culture, Pleasure - Paula Black

The Beauty Industry

Gender, Culture, Pleasure

Paperback Published: 28th May 2004
ISBN: 9780415321570
Number Of Pages: 228

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The beauty industry is now a multinational, multi-million dollar business. In recent years its place in contemporary culture has altered hugely as salons have become not simply places to have your hair cut or your nails done, but increasingly sites of physical and even spiritual therapy.

In this fascinating and nuanced study, Paula Black strips away many popular assumptions about the beauty industry, including the one that says it exploits people's insecurity by projecting an illusory beauty myth. The interviews in this book - both with the beauty industry's workers and its clients - reveal a far more complex and interesting picture, and, in their presentation, Black re-formulates many feminist debates around choice and constraint.

The debates addressed include issues around the body; the construction and maintenance of gender identity; changing definitions of health and well-being; and labour processes.

'Ordinary People Come Through Here': Introducing the Work of the Beauty Salon
Inventing Beauty: The History of the Beauty Salon
Just Because It Feels Good Doesn't Make It Right? Identity in the Beauty Salon
The Hidden Labour of Beauty
Look Good, Feel Better: Promoting Health in the Beauty Salon
You Feel Better When You Leave: Some Concluding Comments
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ISBN: 9780415321570
ISBN-10: 0415321573
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 28th May 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1