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Kidney trade

Kidney

Year: 2012

Author: Eeva Kemppainen

Type: Google map / Lego visualisations

Availability: in full, below

Page reference: Kemppainen, E. (2012) Kidney trade. followthethings.com (www.followthethings.com/kidneytrade.shtml last accessed <insert date here>)

Google map visualisation

This is a special kind of world trade map telling stories of commodified human organs, kidney "producers" and "consumers". Click the symbols on the map that reveals some hidden social relations linking countries and people together...

The ideal conditions of an ‘open’ market economy have ... put into circulation mortally sick bodies traveling in one direction and ‘healthy’ organs (encased in their human packages) in another direction, creating a bizarre ‘kula ring’ of international body trade. ... These new transplant transactions are a strange blend of altruism and commerce; consent and coercion; gifts and theft; science and sorcery; care and human sacrifice. …networks of organized crime (and so called ‘body mafia’) that are putting into circulation ambulatory organ buyers, itinerant kidney hunters, outlaw surgeons (Source: Scheper-Hughes 2003 p. 19).

This map shows core areas and cities of kidney trade and transplants. Some areas might have several symbols. You can click all the symbols that then reveal facts about kidney trade through quotes, pictures and videos from newspapers and articles.


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Map Symbols

A red cross: marks a place that is mentioned in the newspapers and articles as a kidney “production” region with people who usually are poor and willing to sell a kidney or people whose kidney has been stolen from them.

A dollar: marks a place that is mentioned in the newspapers and articles as a kidney “consumption” region with people who usually are sick, rich and willing to buy a kidney or a region where the ‘kidney mafia’ comes from.

A hospital bed: marks a place that is mentioned in the newspapers and articles as a kidney transplant city / region or a specific hospital under kidney trade investigation.

A blue drop symbol: marks a place that is mentioned in the newspapers and articles as a central city, ‘a capital city’ in organ trade.

Discussion / responses

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References / further reading

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Anon (2012a) Man booked for kidney sale advertisement. The Siasat Daily, 4 February (http://www.siasat.com/english/news/man-booked-kidney-sale-advertisement last accessed 8 July 2012)

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Created by Eeva Kemppainen as part of a followthethings.com internship, edited by Ian Cook (last updated September 2012). Lego photographs by Sabrina Skau.