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Constructing an active citizen online: A case study of blogs of medical histories in public healthcare in Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6480-8752
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Public Information Systems, ISSN 1653-4360, Vol. 11, no 1, 1-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on the construction of citizenship online, through an analysis of independent blogs as well as member blogs of NGOs, all being written by young Swedish cancer patients. The findings show that citizenship is co-constructed in complex interplays. Blogging and support from NGOs open up new forms of everyday practice, extending the concept of citizenship. The importance of NGOs being online is highlighted in this context. The NGOs are supporting their members’ efforts to become more active citizens as well as providing tools for non-members to become more active as patients. Individual blogs are also important, as they can be seen as self-organised networks providing an interactive link among the writer, the commentators, and the readers in the construction of citizenship.

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2015. Vol. 11, no 1, 1-16 p.
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Public Administration Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120126OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-120126DiVA: diva2:841271
Available from: 2015-07-12 Created: 2015-07-12 Last updated: 2016-04-29

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