Breast Implants for Graduation: A Sociological Examination of Daughter and Mother Narratives

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Article on a sociological examination of daughter and mother narratives.

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Fowler, Lori Ann & Moore, Ami R. January 2012.

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Abstract: The purpose of this research is to examine through sociological theories how young women and their parents make sense of the desire, attainment, and gifting of breast implants for graduation. A qualitative study of 10 high school graduates and their mothers was conducted in the state of Texas, USA, in order to understand why the daughters asked for implants as a graduation gift and why their parents, especially, mothers paid for them. Four theoretical paradigms provided a better understanding of the gifting and receiving of breast implants for graduation: symbolic interaction theory, the social construction of reality, reference group theory, and conspicuous consumption. This study shows that gifting and receiving implants for graduation is primarily motivated by both personal feelings of physical inadequacy and sociocultural representation of beauty.

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  • Sociology Mind, 2012, Irvine: Scientific Research Publishing, Inc., pp. 109-115

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  • Publication Title: Sociology Mind
  • Volume: 2
  • Issue: 1
  • Page Start: 109
  • Page End: 115
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Fowler, Lori Ann & Moore, Ami R. Breast Implants for Graduation: A Sociological Examination of Daughter and Mother Narratives, article, January 2012; [Irvine, California]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc275008/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.