Do the skyrocketing rates of male cosmetic surgery and
the popularity of television programs like Extreme Makeover
and Nip/Tuck reveal something darker about the social forces
at work in Canada? McMaster sociologist Michael
Atkinson has earned a reputation as a pathbreaking
researcher in the fields of social control and social deviance for
his research of tattooing, body modification and violence in sport.
His latest research centres on the rapidly increasing numbers of
Canadian youth and men who choose to undergo cosmetic surgery and
young men's use of over the counter exercise/body-building supplements
and the culture of masculinity in "recreational" gyms.
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