Anthony Elliott is Chair of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, and Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Open University. He is the co-author with Charles Lemert of The New Individualism (2005), and he has written for The Irish Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald.
Elliott makes a lot of interesting points and connections between the desires of the individual and the needs of the global economy (newer, thinner, faster) and how those things are being carved into our flesh. Indeed, while reading it, you can't but think you are watching the birth of an expert ... His mind works in intriguing ways. Los Angeles Times thought-provoking and disturbing ... Elliott is a professor of sociology, and he has trained his keen sociologist's eye on the astonishing phenomenon that cosmetic surgery has become. Using the methods of his field of study, he now presents us with this small and insightful book that is sure to alter the perspective of everyone who reads it. The New Republic