Locating cosmetic surgery tourism
in Beautyscapes
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This chapter outlines the theoretical framing of medical tourism that we deploy in the analysis presented in Beautyscapes. It draws on Appadurai’s notion of disjunctive global flows and ‘scapes’, combining this with insights from work on networks and from assemblage thinking, in order to theorise how cosmetic surgery tourism is assembled by heterogeneous actors, and to show how this coming together is contingent and emergent. Global flows come together in particular places at particular times, and this notion helps us understand the comings-together that characterise cosmetic surgery tourism. Empirical detail drawn from our fieldwork enables us to develop a nuanced analysis of how networks are assembled and how cosmetic surgery tourism takes place and makes place. Our analysis is guided by a further conceptual framing that we also introduce in this chapter: Mol’s discussion of the logic of care and the logic of choice. Rather than simply counterposing these two logics, we see them as intricately entangled in the ways in which cosmetic surgery tourism is understood by the many actors with a stake in it.


Mapping cosmetic surgery tourism



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