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Coproduction of Scientific Addiction Knowledge in Everyday Discourse
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5576-0600
2016 (English)In: Contemporary Drug Problems, ISSN 0091-4509, E-ISSN 2163-1808, ISSN 0091-4509, Vol. 43, 25-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The phenomenon of addiction enables studies of how society governs citizens and produces (healthy) bodies through classifications and definitions within treatment, science, and politics. Definitions and explanations of addiction change over time, and collective narratives of addiction in society are shared between scientific, official, and colloquial discourses. It is thus reasonable to argue that scientists, clinicians, and practitioners, as well as politicians, journalists, and laypersons, co-create addiction as a (bio)medical, social, and cultural phenomenon defined by varying actions, experiences, contexts, and meanings. The mass media is a key link between science and citizens. Explanations and definitions of the nature and causes of, and solutions for, addiction are provided by science and communicated to the rest of the society in popular scientific representations. While the language of scientific discourse is actively used, reproduced, and redefined in everyday language, laypersons are seldom acknowledged as active participants in studies of knowledge coproduction. This study examines how 25 newspaper readers interpret and explain dimensions of addiction phenomena through their own knowledge and interpretation of scientific representations in the media. The analysis shows how (popular) scientific biomedical addiction discourse interacts with newspaper readers’ interpretations, focusing on lay discussion of the causes of and solutions for addiction, how lay coproduction of scientific explanations is made, and how we can understand it. The study contributes to our understanding of the complex network of interacting and competing actors coproducing knowledge of addiction, emphasizing laypersons’ involvement in this process.

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 43, 25-46 p.
Keyword [en]
addiction interviews medicalization media science and technology studies coproduction of knowledge
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134588DOI: 10.1177/0091450916636896OAI: diva2:1034453
Kunskapsproduktion, kommunikation och användning Biomedicinsk alkoholforskning som ett framväxande kunskapsfältMedia representations and lay interpretations of biomedical research on alcohol
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2016-10-11 Created: 2016-10-11 Last updated: 2016-10-11

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