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Routledge Handbook of Health and Media

ISBN 9780367441081
Published August 30, 2022 by Routledge
492 Pages 71 B/W Illustrations

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The Routledge Handbook of Health and Media provides an extensive review and exploration of the myriad ways that health and media function as a symbiotic partnership that profoundly influences contemporary societies.

A unique and significant volume in an expanding pedagogical field, this diverse collection of international, original, and interdisciplinary essays goes beyond issues of representation to engage in scholarly conversations about the web of networks that inextricably bind media and health to each other. Divided into sections on film, television, animation, photography, comics, advertising, social media, and print journalism, each chapter begins with a concrete text or texts, using it to raise more general and more theoretical issues about the medium in question. As such, this Handbook defines, expands, and illuminates the role that the humanities and arts play in the education and practice of healthcare professionals and in our understanding of health, illness, and disability.

The Routledge Handbook of Health and Media is an invaluable reference for academics, students and health professionals engaged with cultural issues in media and medicine, popular representations of disease and disability, and the patient/professional health care encounter.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Danielle Ofri.

Introduction: The Stories of our Lives: Narrative, Media, and HealthLester Friedman and Therese Jones.

Part I: Print Media

Chapter 1. ’Fish and Chips as an Excellent Food’: Newspapers, Nutrition and Government Neglect in 1930s Britain

Marjorie Levine-Clark.

Chapter 2. Breaking News: Medical Research Reporting and its Consequences

Rae-Ellen Kavey.

Chapter 3. Climate Health is Human Health: Working Through Eco-Anxiety with the Written Word in Print and Digital Media

Carol-Ann Farkas and Shoshannah Bryn Jones Square

Chapter 4. Health Zines: Hand-Made and Heart-Felt

Deborah Lupton

Part II: Photography

Chapter 5. Photography on the Brain

Alicia Chester

Chapter 6. Power and Pictures on the Threshold of Life: Brain Death and Visual Culture

Tim Seiber

Chapter 7. Military Bodies, Healthy Bodies, Damaged Bodies in the Photography of August Sander

Sander Gilman

Chapter 8. Entangled Subjectivities in Lisa Lindvey’s Photographic Project Hold Together

Agnese Sile

Part III: Fiction Film

Chapter 9. Brains for Hire: Exploring the Role of Psychiatric Consultancy in The Aviator

Matt Selway

Chapter 10. Recovering the Patient’s Voice: The Diagnostic Process from Early Modern History to Oliver Sacks

Allison Kavey

Chapter 11. Beneath the Covers: The Illness of Sex as Depicted in Film

Julie Aultman

Chapter 12. ʻStereotypes,’ Focalization and Modality: Mainstream Cinematic Images of Disability

Nigel Morris

Part IV: Documentary Film

Chapter 13. From Corporate Discourse to Menstrual Equity?: A History of Menstruation Films Christie Milliken

Chapter 14. Crip Wisdom in the Time of Insulin Crisis: Performing #insulinforall in Short Documentary Film

Bianca Frazer

Chapter 15. Aging Remixed: Intergenerational Storytelling in the Digital Realm

Andrea Charise

Chapter 16. Documenting the American Way of Dying: The Near Death Experience

Barry Keith Grant

Part V: Television

Chapter 17. Early Pharmaceutical TV Ads and Medicalized Consumers

Rebecca Burditt and Leah Shafer

Chapter 18. Medical Horror Story: Realism, Reality, and the Real on Television

Catherine Belling

Chapter 19. Unhealthy Horrors: The Biopolitical Zombie in Twenty-First Century Film and Television

Erik Larsen

Chapter 20. The Category is LIVE!’: Transing Care and the Persistence of Queer Survival in F/X’s Pose

JV Fuqua

Part VI: Comics

Chapter 21. Comics and the Health Humanities

MK Czerwiec

Chapter 22. Mad World-Building: Comics and OCD

Ian Williams

Chapter 23. ‘I found balance’: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Selected Graphic Medical Narratives

Sathyaraj Venkatesan

Chapter 24. Drawing Health Activism: Illness Politics and Prices of Care in Graphic AIDS Narratives

Lisa Diedrich

Part VII: Apps, Devices, and Wearables

Chapter 25. On Mediating Women in Unsane Spaces

Gillian Andrews and Lorenzo Servitje

Chapter 26. Black Sites in the Matrix: Digital Psychiatric Power and Racialized Technologies

Olivia Banner

Chapter 27. Mobile Health and Its Problems: The Case of Hearing and Communication Apps

Nicole Matthews

Chapter 28. Data Visualization and Digital Contact Tracing Technology: Emerging Forms of Health Media

Kirsten Ostherr

Part VIII: Social Media

Chapter 29. Paratext and Medical Authority in the World of the Internet

Tod Chambers

Chapter 30. Chronic Constellations: Instagrammatic Aesthetics and Crip Time

Amanda Greene

Chapter 31. Art Spaces, Performances, Podcasts: Community-Building in a Virtual Age

Caroline Wellbery

Afterword: Audience Construction and Health Care Storytelling in the Digital Age

Joseph Turow


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Lester D. Friedman is Emeritus Professor of Media and Society from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. His publications include: Cultural Sutures (ed.), Health Humanities Reader (co-editor) and The Picture of Health (co-editor). He has also written books on Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, American Jewish Cinema, genre theory, and Films of the 1970s. Currently, he is completing a book on Hollywood directors and composers.

Therese (Tess) Jones is Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities; Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; and Professor in the Department of Medicine. The editor of the Journal of Medical Humanities; lead editor of the Health Humanities Reader; and co-editor of the Handbook on Health and Media, she has published and presented extensively on HIV/AIDS and the arts; literature, film and medicine; and medical education.