Den kosmetiske kirurgi?

Rikke Busk Folkmann, Tanderup Jensen, Sigrid Marie, Stine Kaastrup Lausten & Melissa Gercek

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This assignment processes the young people's identity in late modern society. The assignment is centered around the problem statement: What impact does cosmetic surgeries have on young people's identity and gender perceptions? It reflects on cosmetic surgery and whether the identity can be based on cosmetic surgery. We have collected empirical data through interviews with two women. Both women have enlarged their breast with cosmetic surgery. To clarify the empirical data in our analysis we will include relevant theorists with different theories about identity. To illuminate the creation of identity and social trends we will make use of Anthony Giddens, Mike Featherstone, Ervin Goffman and Erik Erikson. To the gender perception Dorthe Marie Søndergaard and Judith Butler are relevant because both talk about gender construction in the society. We put great emphasis in the analysis on the interviewee's interpretation of themselves and their surroundings perception of them, both before and after the surgery. The assignment clarifies the historical development of body images. This is included in the assignment for the reader to get a fully understanding of cosmetic surgery as a growing trend in late modern society. We see this trend as an opportunity for young people to shape their bodies after their thoughts about themselves. This shows that identity no longer is a question of personality, but also a question of body image and how the body acts in social associations. In the light of our analysis, we can conclude that cosmetic surgery has had an influence on the two women’s identity and gender perceptions. They both have gone through a transformation and now feel better about themselves. The cosmetic surgery has also had an influence on their gender perceptions, as they see cosmetic surgery, as a method to reinforce their attributes.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato13 dec. 2013
VejledereJørgen Rafn


  • Kosmetisk kirurgi
  • Identitetsdannelse
  • Kønsopfattelse