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Author Thomas, Holly
Title The Atkins diet and the Internet: Exploring lay challenges to contested medical expertise
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Descript 129 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 45-01, page: 0162
Thesis (M.A.)--Carleton University (Canada), 2006
This thesis is a qualitative textual analysis of Internet discourses regarding the Atkins diet. It examines supporting and opposing health claims about the diet and how self-governing dieters utilize Internet message boards to negotiate competing claims and engage with medical expertise and experiential lay knowledge. An extensive exploration of sociological literature on risk, governmentality, health and the Internet develops an overview of the changing relationship between expertise and lay knowledge, which provides a theoretical framework for examining the impact of the Internet on the status of dominant medical expertise. By allowing for a less narrow conceptualisation of both expertise and lay knowledge, this thesis explores the possibility of hybrid and emergent forms of knowledge and examines how lay dieters engage and challenge dominant medical notions about health and well-being
School code: 0040
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 45-01
Subject Sociology, General
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Alt Author Carleton University (Canada)
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