The salon as clinic: problematising, treating, and caring for skin

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dc.contributor.author Straughan, Elizabeth R.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-01T12:28:20Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-01T12:28:20Z
dc.date.issued 2011-11-01
dc.identifier.citation Straughan , E R 2011 , ' The salon as clinic: problematising, treating, and caring for skin ' Social and Cultural Geography , pp. 647-661 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1464-9365
dc.identifier.other PURE: 172809
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/7655
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/7655
dc.description Straughan, E. R. (2010). The salon as clinic: problematising, treating, and caring for skin. Social & Cultural Geography, 11 (7), 647-661, Article Number: PII 927055414. en
dc.description.abstract In this paper I draw upon Foucault's concept of the clinic, as well as his later work on the 'care of the self', in a consideration of the problems that are diagnosed, and the treatments that take place, within the beauty salon. As biotechnology descends to the sub-molecular level, so those spaces that are linked to the laboratory through the diffusion of knowledges, practices and material productssuch as the salonare also reworked. Traditionally the locus for an array of experts in both body and mind who instruct (mostly) women on how to care for the self, salons use a series of 'cutting edge' treatments to pamper and groom the body, correcting as it does so various problem areas such as the skin. I argue, using interview material from salon managers and employees, for the beauty salon as a key site wherein health and medical knowledge is disseminated, and the clinical gaze is brought to bear. en
dc.format.extent 15 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Social and Cultural Geography en
dc.title The salon as clinic: problematising, treating, and caring for skin en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution New Political Geographies en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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