We are saturated by mass media information on a daily basis, and to such an extent that for most people it is their key source of information, understanding, and experience of the world. Therefore, it is crucial to develop a sociological understanding of media content and influence. Health issues feature prominently in news reporting and popular entertainment(see Doing health sociology 19.1), and thus media representations of health deserve critical attention. As the case of erectile dysfunction discussed above shows, the media can play a major role in how we think about health, illness, and health care.
|Title of host publication||Second opinion|
|Subtitle of host publication||An introduction to health sociology|
|Place of Publication||South Melbourne, Victoria|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
Germov, J., & Freij, M. (2019). Media and health: Moral panics, miracles and medicalisation. In J. Germov (Ed.), Second opinion: An introduction to health sociology (6th ed., pp. 422-445). Oxford University Press, USA.