Article ID: CBB124525409

The Media and Behavioral Genetics Alternatives Coexisting with Addiction Genetics (July 2015)

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To understand public discourse in the United States on genetic causation of behavioral disorders, we analyzed media representations of genetic research on addiction published between 1990 and 2010. We conclude first that the media simplistically represent biological bases of addiction and willpower as being mutually exclusive: behaviors are either genetically determined, or they are a choice. Second, most articles provide only cursory or no treatment of the environmental contribution. A media focus on genetics directs attention away from environmental factors. Rhetorically, media neglect the complexity underlying the etiology the addiction and direct focus back toward individual causation and responsibility.

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Authors & Contributors
Kua, Eunice
Reder, Michael
Grossel, Martha J.
Pinna, Giovanni
Shumiski, Livia Cantisani
Maia, Roberta de Assis
Journals
History of Psychiatry
Science, Technology and Human Values
Social Studies of Science
Public Understanding of Science
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Publishers
Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group
Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.
Stanford University Press
State University of New York at Buffalo
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Concepts
Discourse analysis
Public understanding of science
Psychiatry
Communication of scientific ideas
Genetics
Technoscience; science and technology studies
People
Foucault, Michel
Gieryn, Thomas F.
Thevet, André
Places
Canada
Brazil
England
Scotland
Mali
Iran
Times
21st century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century
20th century, early
Renaissance
Institutions
Natural History Museum (London, England)
American Museum of Natural History, New York
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris
Twitter (firm)
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