Journal article

"Happy Meals" in the Starship Enterprise: interpreting a moral geography of health care consumption.

RA Kearns, JR Barnett

Health Place | Published : 2000


This paper extends earlier explorations of the use of metaphor in the marketing of the Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, by examining controversy surrounding the opening of an in-hospital McDonalds fast-food outlet. The golden arches have become a key element of many children's urban geographies and a potent symbol of the corporate colonisation of the New Zealand landscape. In 1997 a minor moral panic ensued when a proposal was unveiled to open a McDonald's restaurant within the Starship. Data collected from media coverage, advertising and interviews with hospital management are analysed to interpret competing discourses around the issue of fast food within a health care..

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