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Pop-up Maktivism: A Case Study of Organizational, Pharmaceutical, and Biohacker Narratives


Abstract The biohacker movement is an important and modern form of activism. This study broadly examines how positive-activist-oriented biohackers emerge, organize, and respond to social crises. Despite growing public awareness, few studies have examined biohacking's influence on prevailing notions of organizing and medicine in-context. Therefore, this study examines biohacking in the context of the 2016 EpiPen price-gouging crisis, and explores how biohackers communicatively attempted to constitute counter-narratives and counter-logics about medical access and price through do-it-yourself (DIY) medical device alternatives. Discourse tracing and critical case study analysis are useful methodological frameworks for mapping the historical discursi... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Donovan, Matthew (Author) / Tracy, Sarah J (Advisor) / Nadesan, Majia H (Committee member) / Kim, Heewon (Committee member) / Halavais, Alexander (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Organization theory / Public health / Intellectual property / Biohacking / Medical Technology / Medicine / Organizational Communication / Public Health Policy / Resistance
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 194 pages
Language English
Copyright
Note Doctoral Dissertation Communication 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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