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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Talley, Heather Laine
URN etd-07102008-134713
Title Face Work: Cultural, Technical, and Surgical Interventions for Facial "Disfigurement"
Degree PhD
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Monica J. Casper Committee Chair
Jeffrey P. Bishop Committee Member
Laura M. Carpenter Committee Member
Steven J. Tepper Committee Member
  • disability studies
  • symbolic interactionism
  • reconstructive surgery
  • cosmetic surgery
  • sociology of the body
  • disfigurement
  • face
Date of Defense 2008-07-02
Availability unrestricted
This sociological and cultural analysis of facial disfigurement employs multi-sited ethnographic methods, participant-observation, content analysis, interviews, and autoethnography to examine four sites in which faces defined as disfigured are “repaired.” Characterizing work aimed at repairing the face as “face work,” I demonstrate that face work is a multifaceted, complex, and contradictory process wherein the face is technically repaired and what disfigurement means is negotiated. I examine an emerging and contested biomedical technology, face transplantation; facial feminization surgery aimed at and used by male-to-female transsexuals; reality television show Extreme Makeover; and international not-for-profit Operation Smile. I argue that face work is not simply a conglomeration of reconstructive techniques aimed at the human face but rather the work of making the disfigured human.
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