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'Oh dear, should I really be saying that on here?': Issues of identity and authority in an online diabetes community.

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posted on 16.01.2012, 09:32 by Natalie Armstrong, N Koteyko, J Powell
We explore peer-to-peer discussions which took place in a UK-based diabetes 'Virtual Clinic' online community. In particular, we seek to understand the rhetorical nature and content of exchanges over a period of six months from the community's inception. Data were captured weekly and analysis based on thematic discourse analysis. Two key issues emerged regarding how the community shaped the nature of the discussion forum. First, the identity of the forum was established, and boundaries drawn about what was, and was not, acceptable. Second, participants sought to present themselves as reliable and authoritative sources of information. Internet discussion communities are shaped in important ways early on by the community of users, including how the character and focus of discussion is formed, and how both information and users can be constructed as authoritative and reliable.

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Citation

Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine (in press).

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND PSYCHOLOGY/School of Medicine/Department of Health Sciences

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health

Publisher

Sage

issn

1363-4593

eissn

1461-7196

Copyright date

2012

Available date

07/11/2012

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http://hea.sagepub.com/

Language

en

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