Michael Lovelock
Lecturer in Media, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Michael Lovelock is Lecturer in Media at Cardiff Metropolitan University and recently completed his PhD at the University of East Anglia. He researches issues of identity, sexuality and gender in contemporary popular culture. His work has been published in a number of academic journals, and he is currently writing a book about LGBT people in reality TV. 

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Progress and modernity
The makeover trap

From transgender celebrities to fitness fads, pop culture loves reinvention. But the drive to ‘find yourself’ has a dark side

Michael Lovelock

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