02/26

2018

Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Botox Nation: Changing the Face of America

WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion
Portland Campus
Dana Berkowitz

Free and open to the public

The first in-depth social investigation into the development of Botox as a phenomenon, Botox Nation is a captivating and critical story of how norms about bodies, gender and aging are constructed and reproduced on both cultural and individual levels. Berkowitz draws from engaging, in-depth interviews with Botox users and providers as well as her own experiences receiving the injections. The interviews reveal the personal motivations for using Botox and help unpack how anti-aging practices are conceived by — and resonate with — everyday people. Berkowitz is particularly interested in how Botox is now being targeted to younger women; since Botox is a procedure that must be continually administered to work, the strategic choice to market to younger women, Berkowitz argues, aims to create lifetime consumers. She employs a critical feminist lens to consider the construction of feminine bodies and selves, and explores the impact of cosmetic medical interventions aimed at maintaining the desired appearance of youth, the culture of preventative medicine, the application of medical procedures to seemingly healthy bodies, and the growth and technological advancement to the anti-aging industry. 

Address

WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
United States

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Dana Berkowitz Lecture

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