Against the Grain

Race and Racial Politics in Health News

How are race and ethnicity represented in U.S. news coverage of health and medicine? Charles Briggs argues that whiteness tends to be portrayed as an aspirational state of well-being, while people of color are far too often depicted as deficient, as trapped by culture and thus to be blamed for their own health problems.

Charles Briggs and Daniel Hallin, Making Health Public: How News Coverage Is Remaking Media, Medicine, and Contemporary Life Routledge, 2016

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