Where Health and Beauty Meet: Femininity and Racialisation in Thai Cosmetic Surgery Clinics

by Aren Z. Aizura


The article presents an examination of the social implications and engagements with concepts of racial identity, beauty, and gender, within the practices of cosmetic surgery in Thailand. The particular impact of these concepts within the available medical practices of beautification, gender reassignment, and surgical tourism are examined between Thai and non-Thai patients within the same medical facilities. Differentiations between Western and Eastern patients, their desires and constructions of femininity, and the larger social ideologies manifested are each discussed in turn.

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