Prostate cancer stories in the Canadian print media: representations of illness, disease and masculinities

Halpin, Micharel, Phillips, Melanie and Oliffe, John L. (2009) Prostate cancer stories in the Canadian print media: representations of illness, disease and masculinities. Sociology of Health and Illness, 32 2: 155-169. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9566.2008.01122.x


Author Halpin, Micharel
Phillips, Melanie
Oliffe, John L.
Title Prostate cancer stories in the Canadian print media: representations of illness, disease and masculinities
Journal name Sociology of Health and Illness   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1467-9566
0141-9889
Publication date 2009-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2008.01122.x
Open Access Status
Volume 32
Issue 2
Start page 155
End page 169
Total pages 15
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract Despite the popularity of print media as an information source for men with prostate cancer, the representation of prostate cancer within this medium remains relatively understudied. This article details the findings from an analysis of prostate cancer articles published in two Canadian national newspapers, The Globe and Mail and the National Post, from January 2001 through to December 2006. The 817 prostate cancer articles published during this period were retrieved and reviewed using manifest and latent analyses. Three article categories, illness perspectives, medical perspectives and supplementary were identified in the manifest analysis. The latent analysis was guided by the connections between masculinities and prostate cancer in the newspapers' stories. Findings indicated a low frequency of articles that substantively discussed prostate cancer and that the descriptive content reproduced hegemonic masculine ideals, such as competition and stoicism. The presentation of a truncated illness trajectory and privileging of the curative aspects of biomedicine also depicted medicalised male bodies. Any discussion on the negative effects of treatment or explicit references to marginalised forms of masculinity was conspicuously absent. These findings support how representations of prostate cancer in Canadian newspapers predominately replicate detrimental ideologies and perspectives of men's health.
Keyword Content analysis
Masculinities
Medicalisation
Print media
Prostate cancer
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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