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Title: 'Oh dear, should I really be saying that on here?': Issues of identity and authority in an online diabetes community.
Authors: Armstrong, Natalie
Koteyko, N
Powell, J
First Published: 7-Nov-2011
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine (in press).
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1363459311425514
ISSN: 1363-4593
eISSN: 1461-7196
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2012 by SAGE Publications.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Health Sciences

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