Why looks matter-gender and agency in cosmetic surgery in neoliberal Korea

  • Jongmi Kim (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


This paper is to discuss why cosmetic surgery has been popularised in South Korea. Since the financial crisis in 1997 Korea entered into the phase of neoliberal society. In this context, women have been pressurised to pursue the beauty standard which has been formulated by the neoliberal society. The paper analyses the trend of popularised cosmetic surgery in Korea and seeks to possibility of constructing a form of agency to resist this kind of global tendency.
Period23 May 2013
Event titleThe International Symposium on Beautiful Body and Healthy Life organised by the Korean Association of Women's Studies : The Construction of Femininity in the Age of Globalization and Technological Intervention
Event typeConference
LocationOsong , Korea, Republic ofShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • cosmetic surgery
  • globalisation
  • neoliberalism
  • agency