Mapping cosmetic surgery tourism

By Ruth Holliday, Meredith Jones and David Bell



  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3427-1
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £96.00 (incl. VAT)
  • Published Date: June 2019
  • BIC Category: Sociology, Geography, SOCIAL SCIENCE / General, Medical Anthropology, Human Geography, Medical Sociology, Society & social sciences / Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography


Beautyscapes explores the global phenomenon of international medical travel, focusing on patient-consumers seeking cosmetic surgery outside their home country and on those who enable them to access treatment abroad, including surgeons and facilitators. It documents the journeys of those who travel for treatment abroad, as well as the nature and power relations of the IMT industry. Empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated, Beautyscapes draws on key themes of interest to students and researchers interested in globalisation and mobility to explain the nature and growing popularity of cosmetic surgery tourism. Richly illustrated with ethnographic material and with the voices of those directly involved in cosmetic surgery tourism, Beautyscapes explores cosmetic surgery journeys from Australia and China to East-Asia and from the UK to Europe and North Africa.


Ruth Holliday is Professor of Gender and Culture at the University of Leeds
Meredith Jones is Reader in Gender and Media Studies, and Director of the Research Centre for Global Lives at Brunel University London
David Bell is Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Leeds


1 Clinical trails: researching cosmetic surgery tourism
2 Cosmetic investments
3 Locating cosmetic surgery tourism
4 The work of cosmetic surgery tourism I: care-giving companions and medical travel facilitators
5 The work of cosmetic surgery tourism II: health workers and patients
6 Community and little narratives
7 Decentring and disorienting cosmetic surgery tourism
8 Cosmetic convivialities and cosmopolitan beginnings
9 Conclusions

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