Health e-Types? An Analysis of the Everyday Use of the Internet for Health

Sarah Nettleton, Roger J Burrows, Lisa O'Malley, Ian Watt

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This paper presents a simple typology of different forms of engagement with the Internet by families with children with various forms of chronic illness. The analysis is informed by ongoing debates about the nature, distribution and efficacy of reflexivity in contemporary social life, especially as it relates to the changing nature of information and knowledge. Drawing upon qualitative interviews with sixty-nine parents and sixteen children, the paper offers a nuanced account of the manner in which laypeople are engaging with e- health. It is an account that argues that any reading of the 'digital divide' that is based upon a simple homology between socio-structural location, reflexivity and differential ability to gain material purchase from information in the 'information age' is misjudged.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInformation, Communication & Society
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004

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  • SPS Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research


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