Stephanie Geise / Andreas Brückmann

Zur Visualisierung von Wissenschaft:

Formen, Funktionen und Sinnkonstruktion des Bildhandelns im Rahmen der pränatalen Diagnostik

[The Vizualization of Science: Forms, Functions and Sense-making of Picture Acting in the Field of Prenatal Diagnosis]

Increased use of visualization in media and social environments are an integral dimension of processes of mediatization of society as a whole, which not only leads to new media or image types with new communicative and social functions, but also to new forms of image acquirement and communicative acting on images. One research field where this can be exemplarily observed, is prenatal diagnostics. Using the results of guided interviews with expecting parents, the article reveals how new image-providing procedures of 3D-sonography shape the way expecting mothers and fathers approach prenatal images, how they communicate with them and through them and how they further act communicatively. The article provides the results of this study. The focus is placed on establishing fundamental forms and functions of acting on images as well as connected construction of meaning by the young parents/families, particularly from a comparative analytical perspective (HD-Live- versus 2D-sonography). The insights of this inter-disciplinary research project are not only relevant from the perspectives of communication science and media sociology; with regard to the findings on identification with social roles (mother/father) as well as on the process of establishing a link between parents and the unborn child, the results foremost show promising starting points for further research with stronger therapeutic or diagnostic intentions.

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