ISSN 1754-5366

Discourse and Rare Diseases: Proposals for a Critical Analysis in the Spanish Context


This paper puts forward proposals for the critical study of discourses pertaining mainly to rare diseases in Spain. It takes as a starting point the characteristics of the hypergenre referred to as social debate, together with legitimation and delegitimation as fundamental ideological functions that help in the examination of the relationship between society and communication.  Based on data obtained from leaflets and other (periodic) publications produced by patients' groups, together with journalistic texts taken from the Spanish media, it aims to explore, not only the discursive manipulation of responsibility of patients' groups, but also the manipulation of some basic characteristics of the illnesses in question (identity and prevalence).

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