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Prosthetic fantasies: Loss, recovery, and the marketing of wholeness after breast cancer

Crompvoets, Samantha


In this paper, I show that the breast prosthesis is marketed as a device that aligns the post-surgical body with wellness and normalcy. Thus, the prosthesis is made to be a point of convergence where the phenomenological experience of the self and materiality of the body appear to be in harmony. What follows is an examination of the meanings women attribute to their mastectomy and the ways they successfully and unsuccessfully attempt to integrate the prosthesis into their sense of self and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Social Semiotics
DOI: 10.1080/10350330.2012.640058


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