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Media representations of science and health: the case of coma

Kitzinger, Jenny ORCID: 2015. Media representations of science and health: the case of coma. Miller, Toby, ed. The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture, Routledge Companions, London: Routledge, pp. 333-341.

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Media representation of science and health are a key area of concern for researchers interested in the potential of the media to influence society – whether through helping to shape individual behaviours, public debates or the policy agenda. This chapter uses research on ‘coma’ (and associated conditions such as the vegetative state) as a case study for exploring the range of ways in which media coverage can be analysed. I show how researchers from different backgrounds (e.g. film and cultural studies, sociology of science, and scientific/clinical practice) have approached such research and highlight their different research designs and findings. I conclude by highlighting the need to take such disciplinary divisions into account – both when reviewing research into the media representation of science and health and when developing such research oneself.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NE Print media
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Q Science > Q Science (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415641470
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 September 2018
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 09:04

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