In postmodern scholarship there has been a temporal shift to thinking of the body as malleable rather than fixed, which has opened space for the remaking of the self via the remaking of the body (Featherstone, 1991; Giddens, 1991). Among men, this process is thought to interact with shifting understandings of masculinity. In this study, 14 interviews were conducted to investigate experiences of masculinity, physical appearance and cosmetic surgery among Canadian men who had undergone or were contemplating cosmetic surgery. Responses suggest that bodily presentations and experiences of masculinity continue to influence how people feel about themselves and their perspective toward cosmetic surgery. Findings are discussed in relation to contemporary constructions of masculinity, body, and identity.
Body Modification, Appearance, Cosmetic Surgery, Masculinity, Risk Theory, and Grounded Theory
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Ricciardelli, R., & White, P. (2011). Modifying the Body: Canadian Men's Perspectives on Appearance and Cosmetic Surgery. The Qualitative Report, 16(4), 949-970. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2011.1115