EMPIRE and health website recommendations: Technologies of control

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Title EMPIRE and health website recommendations: Technologies of control
Author Usher, Wayne Tony; Skinner, James
Journal Name Social Theory and Health
Editor Graham Scambler, Paul Higgs, Richard Levinson, Ruth Graham
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Abstract There is limited literature and empirical data that attempts to theorise or elucidate the repercussions that have eventuated from the e-health phenomenon. Therefore, this exploratory study will identify how modern forms of communication technologies (that is, the Internet, World Wide Web) are being used by Transnational Corporations (that is, pharmaceutical companies) in an attempt to globalise economic markets, online health information, services and products. To assist in the theorisation of these research findings, this article draws upon the work of Hardt and Negri to critically examine the influences that motivate health professionals to undertake a health website recommendation, in terms of globalisation, capitalism and information imperialism. Hardt and Negri, in their exploration of the development and rise of a networked digital information highway, more commonly called ‘The Internet’, give particular attention to the concepts of cyberspace and the impacts of a new form of global juridical sovereignty, known as EMPIRE. Attention will be directed towards outlining how the dominant forces of our time (that is, global pharmaceutical companies and the networked digital highway) have influenced online health information access, and subsequently twenty-first century health-care delivery. Social Theory & Health advance online publication, 13 July 2011; doi:10.1057/sth.2011.10
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/sth.2011.10
Volume 10
Issue Number 1
Page from 20
Page to 40
ISSN 1477-8211
Date Accessioned 2011-09-20
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Education; Health and Community Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42323
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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