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Jean Goodwin, Michael F. Dahlstrom, and Susanna Priest

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In this paper, I argue the way that health risks are constructed in women’s popular health media obscure the individual risks of acquiring an illness by suggesting everyone is at risk, while at the same time portraying risks as if they are within one’s control, thus leaving the audience with a mixed message about risk mediation and its limits.

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https://doi.org/10.31274/sciencecommunication-180809-28

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Jan 1st, 12:00 AM

The Discursive Construction of Risk in Medicine and Health Media

In this paper, I argue the way that health risks are constructed in women’s popular health media obscure the individual risks of acquiring an illness by suggesting everyone is at risk, while at the same time portraying risks as if they are within one’s control, thus leaving the audience with a mixed message about risk mediation and its limits.

 

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