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Title: Beautiful face, beautiful place: relational geographies and gender in cosmetic surgery tourism websites
Authors: Holliday, R.
Hardy, K.
Bell, D.
Jones, M.
Hunter, E.
Probyn, E.
Sanchez Taylor, Jacqueline
First Published: 8-Oct-2013
Citation: Gender, Place and Culture, 2015, 22(1), pp. 90-106
Abstract: Cosmetic surgery tourism is a significant and growing area of medical tourism. This article explores the gendered construction of cosmetic surgery tourism in different geographical locations through an analysis of destination websites in Spain, the Czech Republic and Thailand. We examine the ways in which gender and other intersections of identity interact with notions of space, place and travel to construct particular locations and cosmetic surgery tourist experiences. The relational geographies of skill, regulation and hygiene in discourses of cosmetic surgery risk are also explored. We conclude that accounts producing cosmetic surgery tourism as undifferentiated experience of 'non-place' fail to acknowledge the complex constructions of specific destinations in promotional materials targeting international consumers in a global marketplace. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
DOI Link: 10.1080/0966369X.2013.832655
ISSN: 0966-369X
eISSN: 1360-0524
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2013, Taylor and Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography on 08 Oct 2013, available online:
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Sociology

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