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Stem Cell Tourism and the Political Economy of Hope

  • Alan Petersen
  • Megan Munsie
  • Claire Tanner
  • Casimir MacGregor
  • Jane Brophy

Part of the Health, Technology and Society book series (HTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Alan Petersen, Megan Munsie, Claire Tanner, Casimir MacGregor, Jane Brophy
    Pages 1-29
  3. Alan Petersen, Megan Munsie, Claire Tanner, Casimir MacGregor, Jane Brophy
    Pages 31-57
  4. Alan Petersen, Megan Munsie, Claire Tanner, Casimir MacGregor, Jane Brophy
    Pages 59-82
  5. Alan Petersen, Megan Munsie, Claire Tanner, Casimir MacGregor, Jane Brophy
    Pages 83-100
  6. Alan Petersen, Megan Munsie, Claire Tanner, Casimir MacGregor, Jane Brophy
    Pages 101-120
  7. Alan Petersen, Megan Munsie, Claire Tanner, Casimir MacGregor, Jane Brophy
    Pages 121-154
  8. Alan Petersen, Megan Munsie, Claire Tanner, Casimir MacGregor, Jane Brophy
    Pages 155-184
  9. Alan Petersen, Megan Munsie, Claire Tanner, Casimir MacGregor, Jane Brophy
    Pages 185-202
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 203-218

About this book

Introduction

This book provides a unique and innovative perspective on the controversial phenomenon of ‘stem cell tourism’. A growing number of patients are embarking on stem cell treatments that are clinically unproven and yet available in clinics and hospitals around the world. The authors offer a cutting-edge multi-dimensional perspective on this complex and rapidly changing phenomenon, including an analysis of the experiences of those who have undertaken or have contemplated undertaking a stem cell treatment, as well as examination of the views of those who undertake research or advise on or provide stem cell treatments. Developing the concept of ‘the political economy of hope’, and referencing case studies of the stem cell treatment market in China, Germany, and Australia, this book argues for a reframing of ‘stem cell tourism’ to understand why patients and families pursue these treatments and whether authorities’ concerns are justified and whether their responses are appropriate and proportionate to the alleged risks.

Keywords

Stem cell treatment autologous stem cell treatment commodification of health patient activism patient experience patient decision-making unproven treatment direct-to-consumer advertising social media neoliberal healthcare China Germany Australia bioeconomy

Authors and affiliations

  • Alan Petersen
    • 1
  • Megan Munsie
    • 2
  • Claire Tanner
    • 3
  • Casimir MacGregor
    • 4
  • Jane Brophy
    • 5
  1. 1.Sociology School of Social SciencesMonash UniversityClayton, VICAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Stem Cell Systems Department of Anatomy and NeuroscienceUniversity of MelbourneParkville, VICAustralia
  3. 3.Centre for Stem Cell Systems Department of Anatomy and NeuroscienceUniversity of MelbourneVICAustralia
  4. 4.Sociology School of Social SciencesMonash UniversityClayton, VICAustralia
  5. 5.Sociology School of Social SciencesMonash UniversityClayton, VICAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-47043-0
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-47042-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-47043-0
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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