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Community and little narratives
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This chapter examines cosmetic surgery tourist communities in ‘real life’ and on social media. It examines the socialising, bonding and support networks that circulate around and within the practice of cosmetic surgery tourism, showing how a distinct form of sociality arises from – and also constitutes – this phenomenon. Group tours are analysed as particularly illustrative of this distinctive sociality. The chapter argues that bodies transformed by cosmetic surgery tourism are ‘worked upon’ by both surgery and by social media because these media provide platforms for vital interactions that facilitate caring human relationships and supportive communities that could otherwise not exist. Social media platforms such as Facebook are shown to be part of the networks and assemblages that create both cosmetic surgery tourism and cosmetically altered bodies. Our discussion here centres around temporality, using the familiar time slices of before, during and after that structure many cosmetic surgery and tourism narratives.

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