The Resource Surveilling Women's Bodies in Pursuit of Fetal Anatomical Normality : Framing Risk and Responsibility in American Print News Coverage of the Zika Virus, by Catherine Thompson

Surveilling Women's Bodies in Pursuit of Fetal Anatomical Normality : Framing Risk and Responsibility in American Print News Coverage of the Zika Virus, by Catherine Thompson

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Surveilling Women's Bodies in Pursuit of Fetal Anatomical Normality : Framing Risk and Responsibility in American Print News Coverage of the Zika Virus
Title
Surveilling Women's Bodies in Pursuit of Fetal Anatomical Normality
Title remainder
Framing Risk and Responsibility in American Print News Coverage of the Zika Virus
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by Catherine Thompson
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Framing Risk and Responsibility in American Print News Coverage of the Zika Virus
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eng
Summary
In 2015, the mosquito-borne Zika virus made international news as it spread rapidly across northeastern Brazil. These stories were not fundamentally concerned with Zika virus infection itself. The primary focus of the news coverage in 2015 into 2016 was upon the prenatal transmission of Zika virus due to an association between maternal infection and congenital neurological disorders, specifically microcephaly. For many, scientific and medical literacy and understanding comes from press coverage. As such, it is important to understand risk communication because it can persuade individuals to direct attention and concern towards certain contexts and modify behavior in order to reduce risks. Given this, this thesis discusses the impact of health communication regarding the Zika virus. Specifically, I conducted a paired content and discourse analysis of media frames in order to answer the following broad questions: (1) What threats does Zika pose and to whom? (2) What are the organizational-level responses to Zika?; and (3) What are the suggested individual-level responses and to whom are they oriented. I coded 50 articles from American print news coverage of the Zika virus using seven frames: conflict; uncertainty/new evidence; metaphors; human impact; strategy/action; attribution of individual-level responsibility; and morality. Based on this analysis, I found that the majority (58%) of articles focused on the impacts of Zika on fetal development rather than the impact on human health in general. Yet when journalists construct four primary risk groups (people in general, various categories of women, travelers, and offspring), women are almost twice as likely to be described as victims of a Zika virus infection than fetal or juvenile subjects. Regulatory power is enacted through coercion in the form of approach- or avoidance-based instructions for self-regulation. As anticipated, women are the primary target for both medically-oriented and reproductive instructions, and the majority of these directives are concerned about what women as maternal bodies should or should not do
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UMK
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1987-
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Thompson, Catherine
Degree
M.A.
Dissertation note
(Department of Sociology).
Dissertation year
2019.
Granting institution
University of Missouri-Kansas City,
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illustrations
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Smirnova, Michelle
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  • Zika virus
  • Zika virus
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Surveilling Women's Bodies in Pursuit of Fetal Anatomical Normality : Framing Risk and Responsibility in American Print News Coverage of the Zika Virus, by Catherine Thompson
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  • "A thesis in Sociolog."
  • Advisor: Michelle Smirnova
  • Vita
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not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 80-89)
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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black and white
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Review of literature -- Methods -- Results -- Conclusion -- Appendix : list of retrieved articles
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1104144922
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unknown
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1 online resource (90 pages)
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one file format
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online
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mixed
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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illustrations.
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not applicable
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remote
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(OCoLC)1104144922
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  • The full text of the thesis is available as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file; Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the file
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Surveilling Women's Bodies in Pursuit of Fetal Anatomical Normality : Framing Risk and Responsibility in American Print News Coverage of the Zika Virus, by Catherine Thompson
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "A thesis in Sociolog."
  • Advisor: Michelle Smirnova
  • Vita
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 80-89)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Review of literature -- Methods -- Results -- Conclusion -- Appendix : list of retrieved articles
Control code
1104144922
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (90 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Level of compression
mixed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1104144922
System details
  • The full text of the thesis is available as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file; Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the file
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web

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