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Networked Cancer

Affect, Narrative and Measurement


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Carsten Stage
    Pages 1-43
  3. Carsten Stage
    Pages 45-75
  4. Carsten Stage
    Pages 183-193
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 195-205

About this book


This book investigates how individual cancer narratives change in an age of networked social media. Through a range of case studies, it shows that a new type of entrepreneurial cancer narrative is currently evolving. This narrative is characterised by using illness to build projects and produce various forms of economic and social value, to stimulate affectively involved and large-scale public participation and to communicate across various social media platforms. Networked cancer: Affect, Narrative and Measurement offers a theoretical framework for understanding this entrepreneurial cancer narrative through an introduction focusing on the key concepts of illness narrative, social media and affect. The chapters examine the importance of connective mobilization, virality, experimental selfies, dark affects and new commemorative practices for understanding entrepreneurial cancer narratives. This study will be of great interest to scholars of media and cultural studies, as well as those interested in narrative medicine, health communication and affect and participation.   


Health communication affect and participation medical humanities sociology of health medical anthropology narrative medicine patient practices online illness narrative entrepreneurial patient

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Communication & CultureAarhus University School of Communication & CultureAarhusDenmark

About the authors

Carsten Stage is Associate Professor, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research interests are illness on social media, affect and participatory cultures.

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