Stigma and otherness in the Israeli Media's mirror representations of illness

Michal Soffer, Malka Ajzenstadt

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In this study we examined the social construction of stigma toward HIV/AIDS in the Israeli press by comparing newspaper articles on HIV/AIDS, a highly stigmatized illness, and heart disease, a nonstigmatized illness in Israel. We carried out thematic content analysis of 242 newspaper articles published over a 12-month period. Two counter themes emerged from the analysis. HIV/AIDS was portrayed as a "foreign illness" mainly afflicting immigrants from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia. In addition, HIV/AIDS was constructed as a disease of "the deviant other," particularly gay men, who pose risk to themselves and those around them. By contrast, heart disease was defined as a "local illness" of "ordinary" individuals, and an unpredictable phenomenon. The mirror images of HIV/AIDS and heart disease, which were involved in the stigmatizing process of HIV/AIDS, reflect the wider moral-sociocultural order of Israeli society.

اللغة الأصليةالإنجليزيّة
الصفحات (من إلى)1033-1049
عدد الصفحات17
دوريةQualitative Health Research
مستوى الصوت20
رقم الإصدار8
المعرِّفات الرقمية للأشياء
حالة النشرنُشِر - أغسطس 2010
منشور خارجيًانعم


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