The Social Logics of Sharing

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This article explores the concept of sharing in three distinct spheres: Web 2.0, whose constitutive activity is sharing (links, photos, status updates, and so on); "sharing economies" of production and consumption; and intimate interpersonal relationships, in which the therapeutic ethos includes a cultural requirement that we share our emotions. It is argued that a range of distributive and communicative practices-not all of which are entirely new-are converging under the metaphor of sharing. Thus, practices in one sphere are conceptualized in terms of practices from other spheres. What all three spheres of sharing have in common are values such as equality, mutuality, honesty, openness, empathy, and an ethic of care. Moreover, they all challenge prevalent perceptions of the proper boundary between the public and the private.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)113-131
Number of pages19
JournalCommunication Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013

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This research was supported by The Evaluation Center at the Human Services Research Institute (Cooperative Agreement U97 SM52004), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality cooperative agreement HS-0925, and The Center for Mental Health Services.

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medical services and with their insurance plans. 36 NCQA also requires managed behavioral health care organizations (MBHOs) to survey member satisfaction with regard to accessibility, availability, and acceptability of behavioral health programs .24 The Consumer Assessment of Behavioral Health Survey (CABHS) is based on the CAHPS survey, but assesses behavioral health services and insurance plans. 37 It was developed by researchers at Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital, and the University of Massachusetts at Boston with support from the MacArthur Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The Mental Health Statistics Improvement Program (MHSIP) developed a consumer-oriented mental health report card to assess quality of mental health treatment provided within statewide public mental health systems. The MHSIP survey was developed by a task force assembled and supported by the Center for Mental Health Services. 25 Both the CABHS and MHSIP surveys were developed with input from consumers; family members; researchers; advocacy groups; policy analysts; and representatives of federal, state, and local mental health and substance abuse agencies. Further information about these two instruments follows.


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