Paradoxical Beauty: Interrogating Everyday Beauty Practices Among Perth’s Middle-Class Young Women

Sophie Leipoldt

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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Abstract

This study investigates the embodied experiences of everyday, non-invasive forms of beauty among middle-class young women (20-25) living in Perth, Australia to better understand how beauty practices can be experienced as doubly enabling and constraining. Drawing upon qualitative interview data with 14 participants, findings point to how beauty incentives are complexly and paradoxically intertwined and enacted through postfeminist liberatory language. These findings highlight how young women are seeking embodied freedom in everyday life through beauty work, as well as the limitations of beauty as a practice of freedom.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMasters
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Bourgault Du Coudray, Chantal, Supervisor
  • Dales, Laura, Supervisor
  • Elfving-Hwang, Jo, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date18 Apr 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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