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Lorsque la technomédecine change la vie : les greffes de mains et de visage à la télévision

Abstract : In France, health and medicine are subjects that figure prominently in television program schedule. In this context, there are intermediate areas between popularization and emotion where television gives everyone access to the privacy and the processing of a body through technomedecine : for instance, coverage on hands or faces tansplants. We are analyzing a corpus of documentary broadcasts on French free television since the year 2000. They are shaped as narratives featuring a trilogy of actors : the patient, the surgeon, the public. Our hypothesis is as follows : this televisual story mixing science and emotion is a media device that can push the public’s acceptance of a medicine culture that involves a worldview in which the traditional dichotomies are blurred : unique identity / possibility of spare faces transplants, intimate body / media exposure…. At the same time, this narrative helps distilling behavioral values to the “general public”.
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Philippe Chavot, Anne Masseran. Lorsque la technomédecine change la vie : les greffes de mains et de visage à la télévision. Philippe Chavot, Anne Masseran. Les cultures des sciences en Europe (2). Dispositifs, publics, acteurs et institutions, Presses Universitaires de Nancy, pp.93-109, 2015, Coll. Questions de communication - série actes, 2814302167. ⟨hal-01248953⟩

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