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DullWest1991
BibType ARTICLE
Key DullWest1991
Author(s) Diana Dull, Candace West
Title Accounting for Cosmetic Surgery: The Accomplishment of Gender
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Tag(s) Gender identity, Medical CA
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Year 1991
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Journal Social Problems
Volume 38
Number 1
Pages 54–70
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DOI 10.2307/800638
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In this paper, we examine how surgeons who do cosmetic operations account for their activities and how people who elect such operations make sense of their decisions to do so. Our interviews with surgeons and former patients show that accounts of cosmetic surgery extend the definition of reconstructive procedures to include cosmetic ones. This definition is achieved simultaneously with the accomplishment of gender, allowing surgeons and patients to see cosmetic surgery as normal and natural for a woman, but not for a man. Discussion of our findings leads us to consider how the creation of good candidates for surgery is related to gender's accomplishment.

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