Celebrity life politics in US and UK journalistic coverage of therapeutic cloning research
Jensen, Eric. (2010) Celebrity life politics in US and UK journalistic coverage of therapeutic cloning research. New Genetics and Society, Vol.29 (No.2). pp. 119-132. ISSN 1463-6778Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14636778.2010.484894
This study investigates the role of celebrity life politics in American and British press coverage of therapeutic cloning. A large sample of articles in the US press and both elite and tabloid UK newspapers and periodicals was collected and analyzed for this study. The present analysis focuses on activist patients as key news sources in this coverage. These patients drew upon narratives of personal suffering with political implications that interfaced with journalists' desire for human interest stories. Celebrity patients in particular were found to contribute to the construction of therapeutic cloning as the source of future cures for debilitating illnesses that are currently incurable. The intertwining of personal suffering and political advocacy identified in this case is linked to Giddens' theorization of life politics.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
H Social Sciences
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||New Genetics and Society|
|Publisher:||Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||14|
|Page Range:||pp. 119-132|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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