Waking up to sleepiness: Modafinil, the media and the pharmaceuticalisation of everyday/night life.

@article{Williams2008WakingUT,
  title={Waking up to sleepiness: Modafinil, the media and the pharmaceuticalisation of everyday/night life.},
  author={Simon J Williams and Clive Seale and Sharon Boden and Pam Lowe and Deborah Lynn Steinberg},
  journal={Sociology of health & illness},
  year={2008},
  volume={30 6},
  pages={839-55}
}
This paper examines the social construction of the new wakefulness-promoting drug Modafinil (brand name Provigil) in the British press. Key themes in this newspaper coverage include the potential 'uses' and 'abuses' of this drug in relation to: (i) medical conditions; (ii) lifestyle choices; (iii) military operations; and (iv) sporting competition. The British press, we show, play a dual role in reporting on these trends and developments: on the one hand constructing this as something of a… CONTINUE READING

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