Media and health: Moral panics, miracles and medicalisation

John Germov, Maria Freij

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSecond opinion
    Subtitle of host publicationAn introduction to health sociology
    EditorsJohn Germov
    Place of PublicationSouth Melbourne, Victoria
    PublisherOxford University Press, USA
    Chapter19
    Pages422-445
    Number of pages24
    Edition6th
    ISBN (Electronic)9780190306496
    ISBN (Print)9780190306489
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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    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.