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dc.contributor.authorBowlby, Ewan
dc.identifier.citationBowlby , E 2020 , ' Drugs, death, denial and cancer care : using Breaking Bad in the spiritual care of cancer patients ' , Critical Studies in Television , vol. 15 , no. 3 , pp. 223-238 .
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dc.identifier.otherBibtex: doi:10.1177/1749602020931009
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85091920227
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000574522800002
dc.description.abstractThis article argues that watching Breaking Bad (2008–13) could encourage people affected by cancer to recognise and reconsider damaging reactions to their condition. If viewers are invited to see the series’ antihero, Walter White, as an iconic ‘silhouette’ of a better path not taken, this can provoke them to entertain more honest, constructive attitudes to cancer and death. Using the theological concept of a ‘silhouette of goodness’ and Jung’s theory of the ego-life and true Self, this article suggests that symbolic moments in Walt’s descent into chaotic criminality could help caregivers to meet the ‘need for symbols’ in cancer care.
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dc.rightsCopyright © The Author(s) 2020. Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
dc.subjectBreaking Baden
dc.subjectSpiritual careen
dc.subjectCancer careen
dc.subjectTelevision aestheticsen
dc.subjectH Social Sciences (General)en
dc.subjectRC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)en
dc.subjectPN1993 Motion Picturesen
dc.subjectBL Religionen
dc.subjectSDG 3 - Good Health and Well-beingen
dc.titleDrugs, death, denial and cancer care : using Breaking Bad in the spiritual care of cancer patientsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Divinityen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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