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BeautyscapesMapping Cosmetic Surgery Tourism$
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Ruth Holliday, Meredith Jones, and David Bell

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526134257

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526134264

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Clinical trails: researching cosmetic surgery tourism

Clinical trails: researching cosmetic surgery tourism

(p.1) 1 Clinical trails: researching cosmetic surgery tourism

Ruth Holliday

Meredith Jones

David Bell

Manchester University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book and of the research project on which it is based. It grounds the analysis of cosmetic surgery tourism through a detailed discussion of framing ideas – such as defensive subjects and identity knowledges – that shaped the epistemological approach of the research. It provides detailed accounts of two ethnographic fieldwork encounters, and reflects on how these were experienced by everyone involved, including the researchers. In so doing, it foregrounds the value of experience as a research resource. The chapter ends with outlines of the chapters of the book.

Keywords:   cosmetic surgery tourism, ethnographic fieldwork encounters, defensive subjects, identity knowledges

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