By Michael Taussig
Beauty and the Beast begins with the query: Is attractiveness destined to finish in tragedy? Drawing on huge fieldwork in Colombia, Michael Taussig scrutinizes the apprehensive, audacious, and occasionally damaging makes an attempt humans make to remodel their our bodies via plastic surgery and liposuction. He balances an exam of surgical procedures intended to augment an individual’s good looks with a frequently forgotten counterpart, surgical procedures performed—often on excessive profile criminals—to cover one’s identification. Situating this globally shared phenomenon in the fiscal, cultural, and political background of Colombia, Taussig hyperlinks the country’s lengthy civil conflict and its physically mutilation and torture to the sweetness at huge, sketching Colombia as a rustic whose excessive aesthetic stakes make it a degree the place one of the most very important and problematical rules in regards to the physique are performed out.
Central to Taussig’s exam is George Bataille’s suggestion of depense, or “wasting.” whereas depense is usually used as a critique, Taussig additionally seems on the exuberance such squandering creates and its place as a riding fiscal strength. Depense, he argues, is exactly what those strategies are all approximately, and the beast at the different aspect of attractiveness shouldn't be disregarded as basic recompense. right away 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 continually available tale in regards to the lengths to which individuals will visit be bodily remade.
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