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dc.contributor.authorZadeh, Sen
dc.contributor.authorFoster, Julieten
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-28T12:56:14Z
dc.date.available2016-10-28T12:56:14Z
dc.date.issued2016-11en
dc.identifier.issn1052-9284
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/260945
dc.description.abstractThe use of sperm donation by single women has provoked public, professional, and political debate. Newspapers serve as a critical means of both broadcasting this debate and effecting a representation of this user group within the public sphere. This study uses the theory of social representations to examine how single motherhood by sperm donation has been represented in the UK news over time. The study sampled news coverage on this topic in eight British newspapers during three four-year periods between the years 1988-2012. The dataset of news reports (n=406) was analysed using a qualitative approach. Findings indicated that UK media reports of single women using donor sperm are underpinned by conventional categories of the ‘personal’, the ‘traditional’, and the ‘natural’ that, when paired with their corollaries, produce a representation of this user group as the social ‘other’. The amount of coverage on this topic over time was found to vary according to the political orientation of different media sources. Using key concepts from social representations theory, this paper discusses the relationship between themata and anchoring in the maintenance of representations of the social ‘other’ in mass mediated communication. Findings are explained in relation to theoretical conceptions of the mass media and its position within the public sphere. It is argued that the use of personal narratives in news reports of single mothers by sperm donation may have significant implications for public understandings of this social group.
dc.languageengen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWiley
dc.subjectsingle motherhooden
dc.subjectsperm donationen
dc.subjectsocial representations theoryen
dc.subjectmedia representationsen
dc.subjectbiotechnologyen
dc.titleFrom ‘Virgin Births’ to ‘Octomom’: Representations of Single Motherhood via Sperm Donation in the UK Newsen
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage566
prism.issueIdentifier6en
prism.publicationDate2016en
prism.publicationNameJournal of Community and Applied Social Psychologyen
prism.startingPage551
prism.volume26en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.6067
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-08-25en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1002/casp.2288en
rioxxterms.versionAMen
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-11en
dc.identifier.eissn1099-1298
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
cam.issuedOnline2016-11-03en
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