'There's Just Nowhere Else to Turn': Illness, Casework and Mundane Citizenship on Facebook

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Thiis chapter presents an empirical study of the use of self-organised Facebook groups for civic participation among individuals who are sffering from incapacitating long
term illness and who experience that they have, in various ways and for various reasons, been “caught up” in the Danish municipal system. Challenged by illness and their experiences interacting with the municipal system, these individuals have turned to groups on Facebook – often closed and secret – to communicate with others for information and support. Based on analysis of qualitative interviews grounded in online observation, the chapter examines the use of – and the potentials and problems associated with – networked communication in facilitating mundane, everyday civic participation among these individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Media and the Mundane : Communication Across Media in Everyday Life
EditorsKjetil Sandvik, Anne Mette Thorhauge, Bjarki Valtysson
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationGöteborg
Publication date20 Oct 2016
ISBN (Print)9789187957383
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2016

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