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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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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 ...

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10.1177/1363459311425514

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Primary Care Health Sciences
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Author
Journal:
Health (London, England : 1997)
Volume:
16
Issue:
4
Pages:
347-365
Publication date:
2012-07-05
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EISSN:
1461-7196
ISSN:
1363-4593
URN:
uuid:4dbe272b-5bfe-405a-8f37-417ac869c67b
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353504
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pubs:353504

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