‘I Want to Look Like That!’: Cosmetic Surgery and Celebrity Culture

  title={‘I Want to Look Like That!’: Cosmetic Surgery and Celebrity Culture},
  author={A. Elliott},
  journal={Cultural Sociology},
  pages={463 - 477}
  • A. Elliott
  • Published 2011
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Sociology
This article critically examines the power of celebrity culture in relation to the rise of cosmetic surgery. The perspective developed is one that attempts to bridge certain developments in social theory and psychoanalytic studies. By drawing on Horton and Wohl’s notion of ‘para-social interaction’, as well as Thompson’s idea of ‘intimacy at a distance’, a critical cultural approach is developed for the analysis of how celebrity bodies become key sites of identification, imitation and desire… Expand

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