Alzheimer’s Disease, Media Representations and the Politics of Euthanasia: Constructing Risk and Selling Death in an Ageing Society


by
Megan-Jane Johnstone

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Format: EPUB

Page count: 246 pages

File size: 17.2 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

Drawing on extensive data 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, this book 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.

Drawing on extensive data 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, this book sheds light on the processes contributing… (more)

Drawing on extensive data 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, this book 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.

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