Chemically Modified Bodies

The Use of Diverse Substances for Appearance Enhancement

  • Matthew Hall
  • Sarah Grogan
  • Brendan Gough

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Sarah Grogan, Matthew Hall, Brendan Gough
    Pages 1-9
  3. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Dave Smith, Mary Caitlyn Rutty, Tracy W. Olrich
      Pages 31-50
    3. Jennifer O’Dea, Renata Leah Cinelli
      Pages 51-76
  4. Non-prescription Substances

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Carla E. Ramacciotti, Elisabetta Coli, Annalisa Burgalassi
      Pages 79-92
    3. Sarah Grogan
      Pages 111-126
    4. Matthew Hall, Sarah Grogan, Brendan Gough
      Pages 127-145
  5. Prescription Substances

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Julien S. Baker, Bruce Davies, Michael R. Graham
      Pages 173-199
    3. Michael R. Graham, Julien S. Baker, Bruce Davies
      Pages 201-229
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 231-242

About this book


This innovative edited collection brings together leading international academics to explore the use of various non-prescription and prescription substances for the purpose of perceived body image enhancement. While studies on drug misuse to date have examined drug use in the context of sporting performance, addiction, and body image for particular groups such as bodybuilders, there has been little research that explores the wider use (and misuse) of legal and illegal drugs for body image development and weight loss. 

With medical sociology and social psychology at its core, this important volume shows the complex reasons behind the misuse of various medications, how these are connected to contemporary body image and appearance concerns, and why the known health risks and possibly harmful side effects do not act as deterrents.

Matthew Hall is Research Associate at Lancaster University, UK. His research focuses on understanding the impact of multiple and shifting identities as well as body modifications and online violences. 

Sarah Grogan is Professor of Psychology Health and Well-being at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Her research focuses on understanding the impact of body image on health-related behaviors such as smoking and anabolic steroid use, and the impact of aging on body image. 

Brendan Gough is Professor of Social Psychology at Leeds Beckett University, UK. He is a qualitative researcher interested in men and masculinities and has published many papers on gender identities and relations, mostly in the context of health, lifestyles and wellbeing. 


body and society Body image medical sociology psychology health drugs Social psychology Sexualities Men and Masculinity qualitative research

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew Hall
    • 1
  • Sarah Grogan
    • 2
  • Brendan Gough
    • 3
  1. 1.University of DerbyDerbyUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-53534-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53535-1
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