The textures of globalization : biopolitics and the closure of xenotourism
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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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Xenotransplantation, Biopolitics, Globalisation|
|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:||07 Mar 2011 07:57|
|Last Modified:||01 Apr 2012 00:10|
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