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Media representations of complementary and alternative medicine in the Italian press: a criminological perspective

Lavorgna, Anita and Di Ronco, Anna (2018) 'Media representations of complementary and alternative medicine in the Italian press: a criminological perspective.' European Journal of Criminology, 15 (4). 421 - 441. ISSN 1477-3708

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Complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs), here broadly intended as all those healthcare approaches developed outside standard science-based medicine, are increasingly the object of highly polarized public debates. Some CAMs can cause great social harm, with serious repercussions both on the health of people and on their confidence in the medical profession and the scientific method. This notwithstanding, criminologists have so far overlooked this issue. Based on the awareness that people’s perceptions of CAMs often depend on what they learn about them through the media, this exploratory study presents a longitudinal systematic analysis of media representations of CAMs in the Italian press. The results indicate that media have conveyed confused and ambivalent messages on the topic of CAMs, partly because of the lack of preparation of journalists on this subject and partly because of the insubstantial presence of the voices of experts and medical organizations in the press discourse. In addition, the study identifies avenues for further criminological research on this topic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Complementary and alternative medicine, health fraud, media analysis, quackeries, social harm
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
R Medicine > RX Homeopathy
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 11:51
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2020 17:15

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