UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Homeopathy, Western medicine and the discourse of evidence: negotiating legitimacy in a public online forum

Gibson, WJ; (2018) Homeopathy, Western medicine and the discourse of evidence: negotiating legitimacy in a public online forum. Current Sociology , 66 (7) pp. 1013-1030. 10.1177/0011392118776354. Green open access

[thumbnail of Final manuscript with tables - GIbson.pdf]
Preview
Text
Final manuscript with tables - GIbson.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (206kB) | Preview

Abstract

This article reports on the analysis of an online forum on the UK’s National Health Service website where participants debated the provision of homeopathy as publicly funded medical treatment. Using membership categorisation analysis, the article looks at how members negotiated a category distinction between homeopathy and ‘orthodox Western medicine’, focusing on the discursive resources that the participants drew on to position each other and the website itself in moral terms. This analysis contributes to our understanding of the institutionalisation of complementary and alternative medicine by demonstrating the strong polarisation of views that are present in the public domain, and the ways that public institutions become held accountable to ideologies of evidence and choice. In this way, the study adds to our growing knowledge about public engagement in pluralistic healthcare systems, showing further the limitations of the ‘rational choice’ assumptions that underlie pluralism.

Type: Article
Title: Homeopathy, Western medicine and the discourse of evidence: negotiating legitimacy in a public online forum
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0011392118776354
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0011392118776354
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Evidence based medicine, homeopathy, membership categorisation analysis, online communities, pluralistic healthcare
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10046136
Downloads since deposit
227Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item