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What’s the story on addiction? Popular myths in the USA and Finland
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD). University of Melbourne, Australia; Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre, Australia.
2015 (English)In: Critical Public Health, ISSN 0958-1596, E-ISSN 1469-3682, Vol. 25, no 5, 582-598 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The study inquires into popular myths on addiction in two countries: Finland and the USA. It provides evidence of the manners in which the typical media narratives incorporate basic value traits from their context of origin. We distinguish some main features in the narrative set-ups that support different solution repertoires for dealing with addiction. Belief and hope are crucial story elements associated with the US emphasis on group formation and local empowerment. The individual is assigned obligations and can be morally condemned. In the Finnish journalistic prose, there seems to be an inherent belief that the agenda-setting in itself will propel the question into the institutionalised welfare state solution machinery. The occurrence of a story resolution was customary in the US stories, whereas the Finnish stories were typically left pending. The evidence produced has implications for the ongoing debate regarding the mainstreaming of both definitions of and solutions to addiction problems.

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2015. Vol. 25, no 5, 582-598 p.
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drugs, geography, welfare systems
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Substance Abuse
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-109131DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2014.926308ISI: 000360822200007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-109131DiVA: diva2:767353
Available from: 2014-12-01 Created: 2014-11-13 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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