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Health Commun. 2015;30(9):943-50. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2014.914621. Epub 2014 Sep 25.

The american dental dream.

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a Department of Communication , University of South Florida.

Abstract

The American Dental Dream-the cultural desire for straight, white teeth-is difficult, if not impossible, for poor and working-class people to achieve. Using ethnographic fiction, autoethnography, poetry, and qualitative interviewing, I brush away the taken-for-granted assumptions about teeth. I explore the personal, relational, and structural consequences of this cultural desire, and show how social class writes itself on our bodies. I write these culture-centered teeth tales to show how one might cope with their teeth.

PMID:
25257392
DOI:
10.1080/10410236.2014.914621
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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