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Beauty Up : Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics / Laura Miller.

Author/Creator:
Miller, Laura author., Author,
Publication:
Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, [2006]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (271 pages)
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Beauty culture -- Japan.
Beauty, Personal -- Japan.
Body image -- Japan.
Human body -- Social aspects -- Japan.
Philosophy, Japanese.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
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.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Illustrations
Tables
Preliminaries
Acknowledgments
Introduction. Approaches To Body Aesthetics And The Beauty System
1. Changing Beauty Ideology
2. Aesthetic Salons
3. Mammary Mania
4. Body Fashion And Beauty Etiquette
5. Male Beauty Work
6. The Well-Behaved Appetite
7. The Language Of Esute
8. Esute Power
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780520938847
OCLC:
71387603
Publisher Number:
10.1525/9780520938847 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.