Sociology Professor Victoria Pitts-Taylor

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Victoria Pitts-Taylor is Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society, and Coordinator of Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York as well as Professor of Sociology at Queens College, CUNY. She is the author of Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture (Rutgers University Press 2007) and In the Flesh: the Cultural Politics of Body Modification (Palgrave Macmillan 2003), and many articles and book chapters on social and cultural aspects of the body, medicine, and health and wellness. She is Editor of the two-volume Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body (Greenwood Press, 2008). She has won an Advancement of the Discipline Award from the American Sociological Association. She is co-Editor of the journal Women’s Studies Quarterly

Selected Articles:

2010: “The Plastic Brain: Neoliberalism and the Neuronal Self,” Health: Interdisciplinary Studies in Health, Illness and Medicine.

2009: “Becoming/Being a Cosmetic Surgery Patient: Semantic Instability and the Intersubjective Self,” Studies in Gender and Sexuality Vol. 10 Issue 3: 119-128.

2009: “Medicine, Governmentality and Biopower in Cosmetic Surgery,” in Transformation/Transgression: On the Legal, Medical and Cultural Regulation of the Body, ed. Ronan Deazley. London: Ashgate.

2006: “The Body, Beauty and PsychoSocial Power,” Bodies in the Making: Transitions and Transgressions, eds. Helene Moglen and Nancy Chen. Santa Cruz, CA: New Pacific Press.

2006: “The Surface and the Depth: Medicalization, Beauty and Body Image in Cosmetic Surgery,” in Judith Lorber and Lisa Jean Moore, Gendered Bodies: Feminist

Perspectives. Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury, 2006.

2005: “Feminism, Technology, and Bodies-in-Connection,” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 34 (3-4): 229-247.

2004: “Illness and Internet Empowerment: Writing and Reading Breast Cancer in Cyberspace,” Health: Interdisciplinary Journal of Health, Illness and Medicine. 8 (1): 33-59.

Reprinted in The Sociology of Health and Illness, edited by Peter Conrad. New York: Worth-St. Martin’s Press, 2004.

2003: “Crime and Embodiment” in Controversies in Critical Criminology, edited by Martin D. Schwartz and Suzanne Hatty. Cincinnati: Anderson Press.

2002: “Le Donne e I Progetti di Trasformazione Fisica: Femminismo e Tecnologie del Corpo (Women, Identity, and the ‘Body Project,’”), Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia (Italian Review of Sociology) vol. XLIII, no. 3: 379-405. Translated by Roberta Sassatelli.

2002: “Reading the Body through a Cultural Lens,” (Review Essay) Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Vol. 31 No. 3: 361-372.

2001: “Popular Pedagogies, Illness and the Gendered Body: Reading Breast Cancer Discourse in Cyberspace,” Popular Culture Review 12 (2): 21-36.

2000: “Visibly Queer: Body Technologies and Sexual Politics,” The Sociological Quarterly 41(3): 443-464.

2000: “Teaching Homosexuality?: The Queer Theory Challenge for Deviance Studies,” Teaching the Sociology of Deviance. Eds. Michael Maume and Martin D. Schwartz. Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association.

1999: “Body Modification, Self-Mutilation and Agency in Media Accounts of a Subculture,” Body and Society 5(2-3): 291-303.

Reprinted in Body Modification, edited by Mike Featherstone (2000). London: Sage, Pp. 291-303.

1998: “Reclaiming the Female Body: Embodied Identity Work, Resistance and the Grotesque,” Body and Society 4(3): 67-84.

Surjery Junkies, by Victoria Pitts