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Title: Ask your doctor: the construction of smoking in advertising posters produced in 1946 and 2004.
Austin Authors: Street, Annette F
La Trobe/Austin Health Clinical School of Nursing, PO Box 5444, Heidelberg West, Victoria 3081, Australia
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2004
Publication information: Nursing Inquiry; 11(4): 226-37
Abstract: This paper examines two full-page A3 poster advertisements in mass magazines produced at two time points over a 60-year period depicting smoking and its effects, with particular relation to lung cancer. Each poster represents the social and cultural milieu of its time. The writings of Foucault are used to explore the disciplinary technologies of sign systems as depicted in the two posters. The relationships between government, tobacco companies and drug companies and the technologies of production are examined with regard to the development of smoking cessation strategies. The technologies of power are associated with the constructions of risk and lifestyles. The technologies of the self locate smokers as culpable subjects responsible for their individual health. Finally, the meshing of these technologies places the doctor in the frame as "authoritative knower" and representative of expert systems.
Gov't Doc #: 15601411
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1800.2004.00235.x
Journal: Nursing inquiry
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Advertising as Topic.history
Broadsides as Topic.history
Cultural Characteristics
Great Britain
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
Internal-External Control
Life Style
Mass Media.history
Periodicals as Topic.history
Physician's Role.history
Power (Psychology)
Self Care.history
Smoking Cessation.history
Social Values
Tobacco Industry.history
United States
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