EXCEL

THE PURSUIT

OF EXCELLENCE

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EXCEL: THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE

Biotechnologies, enhancement and bodycapital in portugal

The technological capacity to transform biology, relying on advances in genetic engineering, pharmacology, cybernetics and nanotechnology, has spurred a variety of devices to manipulate human body that are commonly defined "enhancement technologies". Prompted by economic analyses on the increase in cosmetic consumption of bio-technologies in Portugal during the global financial crisis, EXCEL tackles these technologies as bio-investment practices to promote personal competitiveness according to a logic of excellence. Focusing on the Greater Lisbon area and noting the national and transnational circuits that affect this context, we aim to add to existing statistical and bio-ethical analyses qualitative ethnographic data to unfold the complexity of these practices. Our ambition is to bridge the micro-dynamics of specific forms of bio-investment, exploring practices of and aspirations for biomedical self-making, with the genesis of new markets and transnational circuits of medical tourism.

 
 
 
 
 

RESEARCH TOPICS

 
 
 
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COSMETIC MEDICAL TOURISM

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COGNITIVE ENHANCEMENT

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HORMONAL ENHANCEMENT

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ETHNIC COSMETIC PRACTICES

AND COLONIAL LEGACY

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BIOHACKING AND POSSIBLE FUTURES

RELIGIOUS INTERPRETATIONS

 
 
 

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