Beauty Up Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics

ISBN-10: 0520245091
ISBN-13: 9780520245099
Edition: 2006
Authors: Laura Miller
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 7/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

This engaging introduction to Japan's burgeoning beauty culture investigates a wide range of phenomenon--aesthetic salons, dieting products, male beauty activities, and beauty language--to find out why Japanese women and men are paying so much attention to their bodies. Laura Miller uses social science and popular culture sources to connect breast enhancements, eyelid surgery, body hair removal, nipple bleaching, and other beauty work to larger issues of gender ideology, the culturally-constructed nature of beauty ideals, and the globalization of beauty technologies and standards. Her sophisticated treatment of this timely topic suggests that new body aesthetics are not forms of "deracializiation" but rather innovative experimentation with identity management. While recognizing that these beauty activities are potentially a form of resistance, Miller also considers the commodification of beauty, exploring how new ideals and technologies are tying consumers even more firmly to an ever-expanding beauty industry. By considering beauty in a Japanese context, Miller challenges widespread assumptions about the universality and naturalness of beauty standards.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preliminaries
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Approaches to Body Aesthetics and the Beauty System
Changing Beauty Ideology
Aesthetic Salons
Mammary Mania
Body Fashion and Beauty Etiquette
Male Beauty Work
The Well-Behaved Appetite
The Language of Esute
Esute Power
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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