Diffusion of Cultural Models, Body Transformations and Technology in Iran

Iranian Women and Cosmetic Nose Surgery

in Anthropology of the Middle East
Didier GazagnadouUniversity of Paris 8 dgazagnadou@univ-paris8.fr

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In this article, the author investigates, from an anthropological point of view, why many Iranian women (and even some men) resort to rhinoplasty – that is, surgery to alter the appearance of the nose – for cosmetic purposes. When did this phenomenon begin in Iran? Which social classes and ages are concerned? What is the relationship between this practice and Iranian society in general? Is it the result of foreign cultural influences? What comparisons can be made with other cultures? Born of a micro-sociological case, these interrogations address the anthropology of Iranian society, which, like many others, has been engaged for several decades in an ‘exchange process’ that today is commonly known as globalisation.

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