Acknowledgments Introduction 1 About Face 2 Facial Work: Aesthetic Surgery as Lifesaving Work 3 Making Faces: Life Makeovers through Facial Work 4 Not Just Another Pretty Face: The Social Value of Unremarkability 5 Saving Face: Redeeming a Universal Face 6 Facing Off: Debating Facial Work, Constructing a "Vital" Intervention 7 At Face Value Losing Face: A Postscript Appendix: Methods, Methodologies, and Epistemologies Notes References IndexAbout the Author
Heather Laine Talley is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Western Carolina University. More about her writing and work can be found at www.heatherlainetalley.com.
"Saving Face offers a persuasive and sociologically rich portrayal of facial disfigurement. Beauty culture depends more upon the 'normal' and unremarkable - rather than the exceptional - face than is usually acknowledged, and Talley offers a fascinating account of how unremarkability is medically, culturally and socially produced. The ethics and politics of reconstructive surgery are not straightforward; Talley gives the subject an admirably nuanced and sensitive treatment."-Victoria Pitts-Taylor,author of Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture "Talley has a talent for moving between sound empirical findings and subtle theoretical conceptions of the meaning of having at least a normal if not actually beautiful face in contemporary society. Particularly outstanding about the author's work is her insistence on analyzing the meaning of being ugly in a society that valorizes the value of being beautiful."-Rosemarie Tong,author of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics: Theoretical Reflections and Practical Applications "Saving Face provides a highly interesting look at the role of the human face in society. It is impossible to see another face in the same way after reading this book. The author raises fascinating questions about whether we should intervene through surgery to `correct' disfigurement. A complex book for a charged subject done with intelligence and balance."-Lennard Davis,author of Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body "As a book about face work, Talley contributes to the growing literature on the sociology of the body and embodiment. She focuses less on the face itself and instead hones in on the ways facial interventions become so meaningful. Her analyses are timely and cutting edge."-American Journal of Sociology "Saving Face can be read as an intervention into beauty culture and liberal feminism's championing of it, while also striving to shake up contemporary beliefs about ugliness, disfigurement, and the ways in which more and more people are battling 'social death.'"-PopMatters "Saving Face with its fluent prose, compelling case studies, and intellectual depth, offers an important milestone in research toward a better understanding of the dialogue between the body and society, revealing the ways ideologies are embodied, are emblazoned on, and sculpt our appearance."-Gender & Society "Interested in the question of inequality and gender relations, Talley's most compelling chapter is on a dual analysis of surgeons' justifications for facial surgery and various studies concerning transsexuality and bodily gendered expectations."-Sociology of Health and Illness