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Knowledge production, communication, and utilization: studying biomedical alcohol research
Stockholms universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0136-1962
Stockholms universitet.
2013 (English)In: Drugs and alcohol today, ISSN 1745-9265, E-ISSN 2042-8359, Vol. 13, no 1, 28-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: A growing body of social research analyzes how the biomedical interest in detailed molecular aspects of people's bodies (genes, biomarkers, DNA) affect everyday notions of health, risk, and responsibility for health problems. However, this research focus has been largely neglected in social alcohol research. The purpose of this paper is to report on some early findings from a study of media portrayals of biomedical alcohol research and to present a rationale for studying biomedical alcohol research more broadly. Design/methodology/approach: The empirical discussion is based on textual analysis of 90 newspaper articles published in Swedish newspapers between 1995 and 2010 and one-on-one semi-structured interviews with 24 newspaper readers about their interpretation of the newspaper portrayals. The motives for studying biomedical alcohol research more broadly are discussed in relation to existing research and theories of biomedicalization. Findings: It is found that a large majority of the newspapers cite biomedical researchers to explain the mechanisms of addiction, and that biomedical research is often presented as revolutionary in scope. However, journalists also act as storytellers who explain the biomedical research results to readers. The reward system proved to be a central notion among the interviewees, who had their own, different and varying definitions of the concept. The authors suggest a framework for analyzing how biomedical knowledge is produced, communicated and utilized by three types of key actors. Originality/value: The study presents a novel framework for studying biomedical alcohol research.

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2013. Vol. 13, no 1, 28-35 p.
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Addiction, Alcohol, Biomedicine, Culture, Personal health, Risk analysis, Science studies, Sweden
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33762DOI: 10.1108/17459261311310826Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84874813129OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-33762DiVA: diva2:1160947
Available from: 2017-11-28 Created: 2017-11-28 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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