Giving an account of entrepreneurial subjects and global spaces: social media and Colombian cosmetic surgery

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dc.contributor.author Bradbury, Spencer Douglas
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-25T23:02:36Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-25T23:02:36Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-09-25
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/10090
dc.description.abstract Cosmetic surgery tourism portrays the recipients of cosmetic surgery as subjects who must work on themselves by investing in surgical means of self-transformation and self-refinement. However, little research explores how cosmetic surgeons position themselves in such aesthetic ventures through advertising themselves online. Drawing upon ethnographic methods and theoretical contributions from governmentality studies, this thesis explores how cosmetic surgeons in Colombia, an increasingly popular destination for cosmetic surgery tourism, come to be “entrepreneurs of themselves” through performing governmental discourses of neoliberalism and globalization. I present findings from a research project that incorporates 20 interviews with cosmetic surgeons in the cities of Barranquilla, Cali, and Bogota. By analyzing participants’ understandings of what compels, complicates, and contests such entrepreneurial practices, I discuss how governmental discourses enable yet constrain the very subjects that are produced in such relations of power. This thesis thus examines the performativity of ethical practices and technologies of the self, thereby further developing an analysis of both the everyday and imminent forms of conducting oneself in a proliferating “global” economic sphere. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Cosmetic Surgery en_US
dc.subject Colombia en_US
dc.subject Governmentality en_US
dc.subject Performativity en_US
dc.subject Subject Formation en_US
dc.subject Practices of the Self en_US
dc.subject Social Media en_US
dc.title Giving an account of entrepreneurial subjects and global spaces: social media and Colombian cosmetic surgery en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Rose-Redwood, Reuben Skye
dc.degree.department Department of Geography en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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