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Health, Technology and Society

Stem Cell Tourism and the Political Economy of Hope

Authors: Petersen, A., Munsie, M., Tanner, C., MacGregor, C., Brophy, J.

  • Offers an engaging and thought-provoking account as to why people may choose Stem Cell Therapy
  • Outlines the potential dangers and benefits of Stem Cell Therapy, and discusses the media's portrayal of these
  • Draws on numerous case studies from people who travelled across the world in search of treatment
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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.

About the authors

Alan Petersen is Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Australia. 
Megan Munsie is a stem cell scientist in the Australian Research Council-funded Stem Cells Australia initiative at The University of Melbourne. 
Claire Tanner is Lecturer of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Australia.
Casimir MacGregor is Research Fellow in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Australia. 
Jane Brophy is a PhD candidate in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Australia. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Stem Cell Tourism in Context

    Petersen, Alan (et al.)

    Pages 1-29

  • ‘Choice’, Hope, and Stem Cell Treatments

    Petersen, Alan (et al.)

    Pages 31-57

  • Managing Hope

    Petersen, Alan (et al.)

    Pages 59-82

  • Hopeful Journeys of Stem Cell Tourists

    Petersen, Alan (et al.)

    Pages 83-100

  • Exploiting Stem Cell Hopes in Germany

    Petersen, Alan (et al.)

    Pages 101-120

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for Brazil (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-47043-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-1-137-47042-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stem Cell Tourism and the Political Economy of Hope
Authors
Series Title
Health, Technology and Society
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47043-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-47043-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47042-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 218
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