The textures of globalization : biopolitics and the closure of xenotourism

Cook, Peta, Kendall, Gavin P., Michael, Mike, & Brown, Nik (2011) The textures of globalization : biopolitics and the closure of xenotourism. New Genetics and Society, 30(1), pp. 101-114.

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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.

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ID Code: 40448
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Xenotransplantation, Biopolitics, Globalisation
DOI: 10.1080/14636778.2011.552303
ISSN: 1463-6778
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology (160808)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Routledge
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [New Genetics and Society, 30(1), pp. 101-114]. [New Genetics and Society] is available online at Informaworld
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2011 21:57
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2012 14:10

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