Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 173–189 | Cite as

Generating a Social Movement Online Community through an Online Discourse: The Case of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

  • Olaug S. LianEmail author
  • Jan Grue


Online communities, created and sustained by people sharing and discussing texts on the internet, play an increasingly important role in social health movements. In this essay, we explore a collective mobilization in miniature through an in-depth analysis of two satiric texts from an online community for people with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). By blending a sociological analysis with a rhetorical exploration of these texts, our aim is to grasp the discursive generation of a social movement online community set up by sufferers themselves to negotiate and contest the dominating biomedical perception of their condition.


Online research Chronic illness Fatigue/exhaustion Interdisciplinary research Discourse analysis 



The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and publication of this article: The Norweigan Research Council, Research Program of Health and Care Sciences (grant no. 212978 and 204324).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health SciencesUniversity of Tromsø – The Arctic University of NorwayTromsøNorway
  2. 2.Department of Special Needs EducationUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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