New publication: #Medicalised #Masculinities in Turkey and Iran: The Eigensinn of Hair in Hair Transplantation w @buraktasdizen #STS #Body #Biomedicalization

My research assistent Burak Taşdizen and I are very proud to announce that our article titled “Medicalised Masculinities in Turkey and Iran: The Eigensinn of Hair in Hair Transplantation” has been published in the Special Issue “Medicalised Masculinities – Somatechnical Interventions” of the Journal Somatechnics.


Growing cultural enthusiasm for cosmetic surgery and the techno-medical modification of the body have had a considerable impact on men in recent years making it the driving force behind the medicalisation of masculinities (Syzmczak and Conrad 2006). Among the top five cosmetic procedures most frequently chosen by men are laser hair removal in the category of cosmetic minimally invasive procedures and hair transplantation in the category of cosmetic surgical procedures (American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2019). Turkey is the world’s leading destination for medical services and a leading country of medical tourism. Its beauty tourism is particularly noteworthy making the country attractive for ‘demand-oriented’ and ‘wish-fulfilling’ cosmetic procedures for the West, the Middle East as well as locals. With a special emphasis on the somatechnics of shaping men’s hair, this article analyses the currents of hair transplantation practices and after-care in shaping masculinities in Turkey and its regional competitor Iran. By building on the existing literature, we extend the discussion on male haircare with hair as the bios as part of emerging socio-bio-technical entities.


We would like to thank the editors Holly Randell-Moon and Iris van der Tuin and the guest editors Karen Hvidtfeldt, Michael Nebeling Petersen, Kristian Møller and Camilla Bruun Eriksen very much for letting us contribute to this Special Issue on “Medicalized Masculinities – somatechnical interventions”. We would also like to thank the reviewers for their careful reading, thoughtful comments and efforts towards improving this paper.

This work was supported by the large-scale “Knowledge Unbound: Internationalisation, Networking, Innovation in and by the Max Weber Stiftung” research project, funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).