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Expectations in the field of the Internet and health: an analysis of claims about social networking sites in clinical literature

Koteyko, Nelya; Hunt, Daniel; Gunter, Barrie

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Nelya Koteyko

Barrie Gunter



Abstract

This article adopts a critical sociological perspective to examine the expectations surrounding the uses of social networking sites (SNSs) articulated in the domain of clinical literature. This emerging body of articles and commentaries responds to the recent significant growth in SNS use, and constitutes a venue in which the meanings of SNSs and their relation to health are negotiated. Our analysis indicates how clinical writing configures the role of SNSs in health care through a range of metaphorical constructions that frame SNSs as a tool, a conduit for information and a traversable space. The use of such metaphors serves not only to describe the new affordances offered by SNSs but also posits distinct lay and professional practices, while reviving a range of celebratory claims about the Internet and health critiqued in sociological literature. These metaphorical descriptions characterise SNS content as essentially controllable by autonomous users while reiterating existing arguments that e-health is both inherently empowering and risky. Our analysis calls for a close attention to these understandings of SNSs as they have the potential to shape future online initiatives, most notably by anticipating successful professional interventions while marginalising the factors that influence users’ online and offline practices and contexts.

Citation

Koteyko, N., Hunt, D., & Gunter, B. (2015). Expectations in the field of the Internet and health: an analysis of claims about social networking sites in clinical literature. Sociology of Health and Illness, 37(3), doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12203

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 11, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 11, 2016
Journal Sociology of Health and Illness
Print ISSN 0141-9889
Electronic ISSN 0141-9889
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 37
Issue 3
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12203
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/32223
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.12203/full.
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Koteyko, N., Hunt, D. and Gunter, B. (2015), Expectations in the field of the Internet and health: an analysis of claims about social networking sites in clinical literature. Sociology of Health & Illness, 37: 468–484. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12203, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.12203/full. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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