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Title: Entering an Online Support Group on Eating Disorders
Subtitle: A discourse analysis.
Written By: Wyke Stommel
URL: http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=USLC+21
Series Title: Utrecht Studies in Language and Communication 21
Description:

Online support groups are considered highly valuable in addition to
traditional health care services, but we know very little about how people
actually join such a group. This book offers a microanalysis of an online
support group on eating disorders, specifically the communication through
textual messages between newcomers and regular members and members’
nicknames. The study uses an ethnomethodological and conversation
analytical approach to show that members of online support groups treat the
group as a community in which their illness-identity is highly relevant. It
appears that members invoke community norms regarding legitimacy for
newcomers: Newcomers are expected to admit that they are ill, but this is a
very difficult step for those who have not yet fully adopted the “sick
role” (Parsons, 1951). In the field of eating disorders, it is particularly
difficult for people that tend to pro-ana, i.e. the glamorization of
eating disorders. The insecurity and anxiety that newcomers display as they
enter the online group could probably be relieved when a special entry
subforum would be installed in which they can take time and space to
actually recognize that they are ill.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Part I: An ethnomethodological approach to community, identity and
eating disorders

Chapter 1: The online support group as a community
Chapter 2: Identity in a community
Chapter 3: Accomplishing identity in an online community on eating disorders

Part II: Discourse analysis
Chapter 4: Research design: The forum, ethics, data and method
Chapter 5: Identity accomplished through nicknames
Chapter 6: Opening the first posting: Ambivalence towards the community
Chapter 7: Displaying forumability in the online community
Chapter 8: The main requirement of forumability: Recognition

Part III: Interpretation and conclusion
Chapter 9: Entering the online support group and adopting the sick role
Chapter 10: Conclusions and discussion

Part IV: References and appendix
References
Appendix

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Pragmatics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789042026612
Pages: 286
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ISBN-13: 9789042026605
Pages: 286
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