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Title Alzheimer's disease, media representations, and the politics of euthanasia : constructing risk and selling death in an ageing society / by Megan-Jane Johnstone.
Imprint Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Publishing Limited, [2013]


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Description 1 online resource (246 pages) : illustrations
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Online resource; title from resource home page (ebrary, viewed on April 21, 2014).
Subject Alzheimer's disease -- Patients -- Palliative treatment -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Medical ethics.
Health in mass media.
Alzheimer Disease -- psychology.
Attitude to Death.
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice.
Journalism, Medical.
Mass Media -- ethics.
Terminal Care -- ethics.
Contents The Alzheimerization of the euthanasia debate -- The incidence and impact of Alzheimer's disease -- Media representations, metaphors, and the stigmatization of Alzheimer's disease -- Curbing demand for acute healthcare services -- The euthanasia option -- Mobilizing political support for the legalization of euthanasia -- Propaganda, "dirty tricks" fallacies, and opposing points-of-view -- Selling death -- Alzheimer's disease and euthanasia as a symbolic system of control -- Euthanasia politics and public opinion.
Summary "Drawing on extensive data including news media reports and commentaries, documentaries, courts and court reports, films, websites, professional literature and government and non-government agencies, this book explores the 'Alzheimerisation' of the euthanasia debate, examining the shift in recent years in public attitudes towards the desirability and moral permissibility of euthanasia as an end-of-life 'solution' for people living with the disease --not just at its end stage, but also at earlier stages. With attention to media representations and public understandings of Alzheimer's disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Media Representations and the Politics of Euthanasia sheds light on the processes contributing to these changes in public opinion, investigating the drivers of vexed political debate surrounding the issue and examining the manner in which both sides of the euthanasia debate mobilise support, portray their opponents and make use of media technologies to frame the terms of discourse."--Publisher's website.
Other Title Print version: Johnstone, Megan-Jane. Alzheimer's disease, media representations, and the politics of euthanasia. Farnham, Surrey : Ashgate Publishing Limited, [2013] 9781409451921
Other Title Constructing risk and selling death in an ageing society