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15 april 2013: Meertens Ethnology Lecture over media en de ziekten van de multiculturaliteit

Plaats: Spui 25-27, Amsterdam
Tijd: 20.00 – 21.30 (borrel na afloop)

Charles L. Briggs

University of California, Berkeley

On Media and Diseases of Diversity

Making Difference in U.S. News Coverage of Health

News coverage of health issues now competes with the Internet and new social media as major influences on health policy and popular conceptions of health and disease, seemingly democratizing access to health knowledge. Does media coverage ameliorate or exacerbate racial health “disparities”? Results from the U.S. component of a multi-country study suggest that media coverage racializes biological citizenship, both by turning whiteness into an unmarked projection of human biology that seems to transcend race and, in reports that focused on racialized subjects, by reproducing disparaging images of bodies of color and disorderly subjectivities. Health news thus helps reproduce racial hierarchies by projecting members of racial minorities as incapable of playing their assigned roles in the circulation and reception of authoritative health knowledge.

Charles L. Briggs is the Alan Dundes Distinguished Professor of Folklore in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley and currently a Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, University of Göttingen. His publications include Learning How to Ask, Voices of Modernity (with Richard Bauman), and Stories in the Time of Cholera (with Clara Mantini-Briggs).

Time: 20.00 -21:30 (drinks after)
Address: Spui 25-27, Amsterdam

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