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Facing Off: Debating Facial Work, Constructing a “Vital” Intervention

Heather Laine Talley

in Saving Face: Disfigurement and the Politics of Appearance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814784105
eISBN:
9781479840052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814784105.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter examines face transplantation (FT), an emerging biomedical technology developed to treat what is often referred to as “severe” facial disfigurement. FT is an experimental procedure in ... More


About Face

Heather Laine Talley

in Saving Face: Disfigurement and the Politics of Appearance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814784105
eISBN:
9781479840052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814784105.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter analyzes Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face (1994), a memoir tracing her life as a facially disfigured person. The memoir chronicles her attempts to cope with facial disfigurement and ... More


Saving Face: Disfigurement and the Politics of Appearance

Heather Laine Talley

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814784105
eISBN:
9781479840052
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814784105.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

The face is a core feature of our physical identity. Our face is how others identify us and how we think of our “self.” Yet, human faces are also essential mechanisms for communication and as a means ... More


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