Article ID: CBB124525409

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


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
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
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
Discourse analysis
Public understanding of science
Communication of scientific ideas
Technoscience; science and technology studies
Foucault, Michel
Gieryn, Thomas F.
Thevet, André
21st century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century
20th century, early
Natural History Museum (London, England)
American Museum of Natural History, New York
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris
Twitter (firm)

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