Mediating subpolitics in US and UK science news
Jensen, Eric, 1981-. (2012) Mediating subpolitics in US and UK science news. Public Understanding of Science, Vol.21 (No.1). pp. 68-83. ISSN 0963-6625Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963662510366506
The development of therapeutic cloning research sparked a scientific controversy pitting patients’ hopes for cures against religious and anti-abortion opposition. The present study investigates this controversy by examining the production and content of Anglo-American print media coverage of the branch of embryonic stem cell research known as “therapeutic cloning.” Data collection included press articles about therapeutic cloning (n = 5,185) and qualitative interviews with journalists (n = 18). Patient activists and anti-abortion groups emerged as key news sources in this coverage. Significant qualitative differences in the mediation of these subpolitical groups and their arguments for and against therapeutic cloning are identified. Results suggest that the perceived human interest news value of narratives of patient suffering may give patient advocacy groups a privileged position in journalistic coverage. Finally, Ulrich Beck’s theoretical arguments about subpolitics are critically applied to the results to elicit further insights.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Discourse analysis, Abortion -- Press coverage, Stem cells -- Research -- Moral and ethical aspects, Stem cells -- Therapeutic use -- Press coverage, Journalism, Scientific, Science in mass media|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Public Understanding of Science|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 68-83|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Description:||Published online before print May 27, 2010.|
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