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Talley examines facial disfigurement and ‘repairs’ in book

NYU Press has released a book by Heather Laine Talley, assistant professor of sociology, titled “Saving Face: Disfigurement and the Politics of Appearance.”

In the book, Talley examines the cultural meaning and social significance of interventions aimed at repairing faces defined as disfigured, according to information from NYU Press. She explores face transplantation, facial feminization surgery, the reality show “Extreme Makeover” and the international charitable organization Operation Smile to assess how efforts focused on repair sometimes intensify the stigma associated with disfigurement. Talley also draws upon experiences volunteering at a camp for children with severe burns.

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