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What is health and medical tourism?

Cook, Peta S. (2008) What is health and medical tourism? In The annual conference of the Australian Sociological Association, 2 to 5 December 2008, The University of Melbourne, Victoria.

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Abstract

Despite increasing social, economic and political interest in the growing global marketplace of health and medical tourism, it remains relatively unexamined in sociological and tourism literature. In this paper, I seek to understand health and medical tourism by briefly exploring its history, varying definitions, and contemporary developments. This highlights how health and medical tourism is a subjective practice and embodied experience which, due to increasing options available to tourists, is difficult to classify. Furthermore, as health and medical tourism involves an active body that is not restricted by time and place, it challenges traditional sociological understandings of tourism, which classify tourism as a passive, escapist and leisurely activity that occurs over ‘there’ in contrast to ‘here’.

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ID Code: 16804
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: Editors: Majoribanks, T; Barraket, J; Chang, J-S; Dawson, A; Guillemin M; Henry-Waring, M; Kenyon, A; Kokanovic, R; Lewis, J; Lusher, D; Nolan, D; Pyett, P; Robins, R; Warr, D; Wyn J;
Keywords: tourism, health tourism, medical tourism, xenotourism, stem cell tourism
ISBN: 9780734039842
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TOURISM (150600) > Tourism not elsewhere classified (150699)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 the author
Deposited On: 11 Dec 2008 07:31
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:14

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