Research that combines the sociology of health with media analysis has expanded considerably in the last ten years. The relationship between health, illness, and the media is complex including, among other topics, representations, information, communication, media convergences, and participatory cultures. For example, representations of health in the media, whether in newspapers, advertisements, magazines, films or on television, help to shape perceptions of these topics; the media is a main source for health information, guiding many people’s health-related choices; and media participation (across platforms) engages community members. This session combines media analysis on health topics whilst considering sociocultural perceptions, discourses, or narratives of health or illness. Papers are welcome that discuss these and other topics that can be broadly understood as tied to the sociology of health or illness and the media.
Session Organizer: Chrystie Myketiak, Post Doctorate, Queen Mary, University of London, firstname.lastname@example.org
This session has been divided into two sub-sessions.
Health Headlines: Health, Illness, and the Media I
Session Code: MeS2-A
Session Chair: Susan Cake, University of Alberta
Health Headlines: Health, Illness, and the Media II
Session Code: MeS2-B
Session Chair: Chrystie Myketiak, Queen Mary, University of London