Beauty and the Beast by Michael Taussig

By Michael Taussig

Beauty and the Beast begins with the query: Is attractiveness destined to finish in tragedy? Drawing on broad fieldwork in Colombia, Michael Taussig scrutinizes the frightened, audacious, and occasionally harmful makes an attempt humans make to remodel their our bodies via plastic surgery and liposuction. He balances an exam of surgical procedures intended to reinforce an individual’s good looks with a frequently disregarded counterpart, surgical procedures performed—often on excessive profile criminals—to hide one’s id. Situating this globally shared phenomenon in the monetary, cultural, and political historical past of Colombia, Taussig hyperlinks the country’s lengthy civil conflict and its physically mutilation and torture to the wonder at huge, sketching Colombia as a rustic whose excessive aesthetic stakes make it a degree the place probably the most very important and tricky principles in regards to the physique are performed out.

Central to Taussig’s exam is George Bataille’s thought of depense, or “wasting.” whereas depense is frequently used as a critique, Taussig additionally seems on the exuberance such squandering creates and its place as a riding financial strength. Depense, he argues, is exactly what those methods are all approximately, and the beast at the different facet of good looks shouldn't be brushed off as basic recompense. right now theoretical and colloquial, public and intimate, Beauty and the Beast is a true-to-place ethnography—written in Taussig’s trademark voice—that tells a thickly layered yet consistently obtainable tale concerning the lengths to which individuals will visit be bodily remade.

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