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The textures of globalization: biopolitics and the closure of xenotourism


Cook, PS and Kendall, G and Michael, M and Brown, N, The textures of globalization: biopolitics and the closure of xenotourism, New Genetics and Society, 30, (1) pp. 101-114. ISSN 1463-6778 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14636778.2011.552303


In this paper, we explore the tensions around a recent controversial development in medical tourism: xenotourism in Mexico. We take this bioendeavor now ceased to be emblematic of the global character of contemporary biomedicine, providing insights into the production and operation of scientific knowledge. We explore this through what we call the "textures of globalization": the anxiety regarding the extent to which Mexico was understood as an (in)appropriate venue for the generation of novel knowledge on xenotransplantation, and as a location for xenotourism. These tensions, which oscillated between calls for individual freedom (choice) and global regulation (standardization), ultimately led to the closure of xenotourism in Mexico. Keywords: xenotransplantation; biopolitics; globalization

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:xenotransplantation; biopolitics; globalization
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Cook, PS (Dr Peta Cook)
ID Code:67713
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2011-03-07
Last Modified:2015-02-20
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