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Framing the Bride: Globalizing Beauty and Romance in Taiwan's Bridal Industry

Framing the Bride: Globalizing Beauty and Romance in Taiwan's Bridal Industry
Author: Bonnie Adrian
ISBN 13: 9780520238343
ISBN 10: 520238346
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2003-12-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 310
List Price: $34.95

"Do not be misled by the title of this book. It is a study of Taiwan's bridal industry but it is also a fine ethnography of marriage in contemporary urban Taipei. With great subtlety, Bonnie Adrian shows us how much marriage in Taiwan has changed and how many of the old ways it has retained. She does so with wit and humor."—Margery Wolf, author of A Thrice-Told Tale: Feminism, Postmodernism, and Ethnographic Responsibility

"Faced with the puzzle of the ubiquitous bridal photography in Taipei, Bonnie Adrian has produced a model ethnography of media-saturated contemporary life. Ethnographically adventurous, analytically smart, and warmly human, this book cleverly unpacks the ways women's canny choices in Taiwan are forged at the intersection of everyday worlds of inter-generational tension, fantasies fed by a keenly competitive local culture industry, and global imagery tied to the transnational beauty industry. Unlike many who work on globalization, Adrian has not lost sight of the ways that gender and family are still at the heart of people's social worlds and women are not victims."—Lila Abu-Lughod, author of Veiled Sentiments and Writing Women's Worlds