Affective journeys: the emotional structuring of medical tourism in India.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This paper examines the grid of sentiment that structures medical travel to India. In contrast to studies that render emotion as ancillary, the paper argues that affect is fundamental to medical travel's ability to ease the linked somatic, emotional, financial, and political injuries of being ill 'back home'. The ethnographic approach follows the scenes of medical travel within the Indian corporate hospital room, based on observations and interviews among foreign patients, caregivers, and hospital staff in Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, and Bangalore. Foreign patients conveyed diverse sentiments about their journey to India ranging from betrayal to gratitude, and their expressions of risk, healthcare costs, and cultural difference help sustain India's popularity as a medical travel destination. However, although the affective dimensions of medical travel promise a remedy for foreign patients, they also reveal the fault lines of market medicine in India.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Solomon, H

Published Date

  • April 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 105 - 118

PubMed ID

  • 21563006

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21563006

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1469-2910

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1364-8470

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/13648470.2010.525878


  • eng