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Author Jarrin, Alvaro, 1980-
Title The biopolitics of beauty : cosmetic citizenship and affective capital in Brazil / Alvaro Jarrin.
Imprint Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
2017

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Author Jarrin, Alvaro, 1980-
Subject Surgery, Plastic -- Social aspects -- Brazil.
Biopolitics -- Brazil.
Public health -- Social aspects -- Brazil.
Plastic surgeons -- Social aspects -- Brazil.
Beauty, Personal -- Social aspects -- Brazil.
Surgery, Plastic.
Brazil.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The eugenesis of beauty -- Plastic governmentality -- The circulation of beauty -- Hope, affect, mobility -- The raciology of beauty -- Cosmetic citizens.
Summary "The Biopolitics of Beauty examines how beauty became an aim of national health in Brazil. Based on ethnographic fieldwork carried out in Brazilian hospitals, the author explains how plastic surgeons and patients navigate the public health system to transform beauty into a basic health right. The book historically traces the national concern with beauty to Brazilian eugenics, which established beauty as an index of the nation's racial improvement. From here, Jarrin explains how plastic surgeons became the main proponents of a raciology of beauty, using it to gain the backing of the Brazilian state. Beauty can be understood as an immaterial form of value that Jarrin calls "affective capital," which maps onto and intensifies the social hierarchies of Brazilian society. Patients experience beauty as central to national belonging and to gendered aspirations of upward mobility, and they become entangled in biopolitical rationalities that complicate their ability to consent to the risks of surgery. The Biopolitics of Beauty not only examines the biopolical regime that made beauty a desirable national project, but also the subtle ways in which beauty is laden with affective value within everyday social practices, thus becoming the terrain upon which race, class, and gender hierarchies are reproduced and contested in Brazil."--Provided by publisher
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780520967212 (electronic bk.)
0520967216 (electronic bk.)
9780520293878
0520293878
9780520293885
0520293886
OCLC # 994006263
Additional Format Print version: Jarrin, Alvaro, 1980- Biopolitics of beauty. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017] 9780520293878 (DLC) 2017006866 (OCoLC)973733262



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