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dc.contributor.authorLewis, T
dc.date.available2014-05-22T02:55:27Z
dc.date.issued2006-07-01
dc.identifierhttp://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000239091300003&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=d4d813f4571fa7d6246bdc0dfeca3a1c
dc.identifier.citationLewis, T. (2006). Seeking health information on the internet: lifestyle choice or bad attack of cyberchondria?. MEDIA CULTURE & SOCIETY, 28 (4), pp.521-+. https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443706065027.
dc.identifier.issn0163-4437
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/31260
dc.description.abstractThis article discusses the growing trend towards ‘lay’ people accessing information about health from the internet. Surveying the major studies of online health consumption, I argue that this phenomenon can be seen as a marker of a broader shift in focus within public health discourse and the popular media on health as an individual ‘lifestyle’ issue. Despite this cultural shift, the medical debate over online health consumption has been largely negative, viewing the internet as an unruly and unregulated space of mis-information and lay web users as potential victims of ‘cyberquackery’. In contrast to this reductive account, I discuss a qualitative study I conducted into young people's use of the internet for health material that showed they are often highly sceptical consumers of online health material. Furthermore, the study found that the kinds of health material young people access is informed by issues of social positionality or ‘health habitus’ complicating individualistic notions of lifestyle ‘choice’.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
dc.subjectCultural Studies
dc.titleSeeking health information on the internet: lifestyle choice or bad attack of cyberchondria?
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0163443706065027
melbourne.peerreviewPeer Reviewed
melbourne.affiliationThe University of Melbourne
melbourne.affiliation.departmentPopulation Health
melbourne.source.titleMedia Culture and Society
melbourne.source.volume28
melbourne.source.issue4
melbourne.source.pages521-+
dc.description.pagestart521
melbourne.publicationid59784
melbourne.elementsid282257
melbourne.contributor.authorLEWIS, TANIA
dc.identifier.eissn1460-3675
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