Digitally Networked Health Activism : Towards a Contemporary Typology

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)

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Original languageEnglish
Pages16-17
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2018

Seminar

Title9th Honours Symposium for Asian PhD Students
LocationYonsei University
PlaceKorea, Democratic People's Republic of
CitySeoul
Period10 - 11 November 2018

Abstract

This paper analyses global health discourses on social media within the capsule example of thyroid disease. Displaying characteristics of cyberactivism 2.0, these discourses are mainly self-organised, mostly online, with a constant flow of data and permanently updated. Based on a netnography within issue-based advocacy sites, activist groups and social support communities for thyroid disease, this paper describes the (1) case of thyroid disease through the theoretical lenses of health activism, embodied health movements and connective action. It describes the narratives and action frames found in this context and synthesizes the findings into a (2) contemporary typology. The results contribute to a better understanding of the negotiation of "truths" in a mediated health context. They form a theoretical basis for the analysis of the highly diverse discourses found within social media by making their actors and components more graspable.

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  • Health activism, online activism, Cyberactivism, support groups, virtual communities, connective action, illness narratives, personalized action frames, health movements

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Digitally Networked Health Activism : Towards a Contemporary Typology. / Schossbock, Judith.

2018. 16-17 Paper presented at 9th Honours Symposium for Asian PhD Students, Seoul, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)