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Author Taaffe, Maura J
Title Online and unruly: Rhetorical and representational identity work in two disability-related websites
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Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 72-03, Section: A, page: 0796
Adviser: Ann Brady
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Michigan Technological University, 2010
Technical communicators are currently researching ways to improve not only the usability but also the usefulness of online sources of information about medical and health issues most commonly found in governmental- and health industry-related websites. Such sites often fail to address one group of essential questions asked by many e-healthseekers. These essential questions focus on identity: Who am I with this condition? Where do I belong? How will I see things differently, with this condition? What might change about me, with this condition? Who am I to others, with this condition? Am I this condition?
By turning away from the traditional sites and focusing instead on websites created by the individuals living with a particular condition, this project uses a version of constructivist grounded theory informed by rhetorical and visual studies to explore identity work on two nontraditional sites. The primary purpose of this study is to explore online discursive and representational identity work represented throughout the websites designed and directed by two insiders: a young figurative, disability artist, writer, and curator, and a middle-aged woman, recently diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome as an adult. The dissertation includes a short list of suggestions to be tested for enhancing the usefulness of the more traditional sources of online information
School code: 0129
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 72-03A
Subject Technical Communication
Alt Author Michigan Technological University. Humanities
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