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Scoring a goal or an own-goal against disease? A multilevel framework for describing metaphor coherence in health campaigns

El Refaie, Elisabeth 2015. Scoring a goal or an own-goal against disease? A multilevel framework for describing metaphor coherence in health campaigns. Metaphor and the Social World 5 (1) , 102 -123. 10.1075/msw.5.1.06ref

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Abstract

Many contemporary public health campaigns use some form of metaphor. Studies into what makes this strategy effective typically focus on the ability of metaphors to attract attention and trigger conversations. Consequently, the question of how they might enhance or impede people’s understanding of the information conveyed is often overlooked. This article brings together key concepts in Conceptual Metaphor Theory with the latest findings in health communication to present a framework for describing metaphors in health promotion on the basis of their experiential, internal, external and narrative coherence. Using the comparative analysis of two children’s comics about tuberculosis as a small-scale case study, the paper argues that metaphor coherence is particularly important in health campaigns that aim to convey complex, new information. The paper ends with suggestions for validating the framework more broadly.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Additional Information: This article is under copyright and the publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
Publisher: John Benjamins
ISSN: 2210-4070
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 18 January 2015
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 05:12
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/74556

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