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Title: Construction of health knowledge in an alternative medical community of practice: Hermeneutic analysis of a web forum
Authors: Kimmerle, Joachim
Abels, Kristina
Becher, Katharina
Beckers, Anna
Haussmann, Annette
Thiel, Ansgar
Cress, Ulrike
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Kimmerle, J., Abels, K., Becher, K., Beckers, A., Haussmann, A., Thiel, A., & Cress, U. (2011). Construction of health knowledge in an alternative medical community of practice: Hermeneutic analysis of a web forum. In Spada, H., Stahl, G., Miyake, N., & Law, N. (Eds.), Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice: CSCL2011 Conference Proceedings. Volume I — Long Papers (pp. 1-8). Hong Kong, China: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This paper presents a hermeneutic analysis of a web forum in which supporters of an alternative medical approach, the so-called Urkost ("primordial food") movement, are gathered as a community of practice, and in which they exchange information and opinions in order to pass on and develop relevant knowledge. In our analysis of knowledge construction, we were able to identify four aspects. 1) Imparting a certain view of the world knowledge creation provided an ideological guidance system. 2) Role structure within the community the entire communication was centered on one individual expert who played the role of a kind of guru. 3) Persuasion and reinforcement of followers the impartment of knowledge and persuasion were primarily based on an emotional type of communication. 4) Separation from "dissidents" the attitude towards people of a "different faith" and towards standard medicine was characterized by strong hostility and rejection.
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