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Under the influence? The construction of foetal alcohol syndrome in UK newspapers

Lowe, Pam K., Lee, Ellie J., Yardley, Liz (2010) Under the influence? The construction of foetal alcohol syndrome in UK newspapers. Sociological Research Online, 15 (4). p. 2. ISSN 1360-7804. (doi:10.5153/sro.2225) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Today, alongside many other proscriptions, women are expected to abstain or at least limit their alcohol consumption during pregnancy. This advice is reinforced through warning labels on bottles and cans of alcoholic drinks. In most (but not all) official policies, this is linked to a risk of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) or one of its associated conditions. However, given that there is little medical evidence that low levels of alcohol consumption have an adverse impact on the foetus, we need to examine broader societal ideas to explain why this has now become a policy concern. This paper presents a quantitative and qualitative assessment of analysis of the media in this context. By analysing the frames over time, this paper will trace the emergence of concerns about alcohol consumption during pregnancy. It will argue that contemporary concerns about FAS are framed around a number of pre-existing discourses including alcohol consumption as a social problem, heightened concerns about children at risk and shifts in ideas about the responsibility of motherhood including during the pre-conception and pregnancy periods. Whilst the newspapers regularly carried critiques of the abstinence position now advocated, these challenges focused did little to refute current parenting cultures. © Sociological Research Online, 1996-2010.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.5153/sro.2225
Uncontrolled keywords: Foetal alcohol syndrome, Media, Parenting cultures, UK
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2013 15:48 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:24 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36577 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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