Simona Nicoleta Vulpe

Simona Nicoleta Vulpe
University of Bucharest | Unibuc · Department of Sociology

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Simona - Nicoleta Vulpe currently studies at the Interdisciplinary School of Doctoral Studies, University of Bucharest. Simona does research in Vaccine hesitancy, Science skepticism, Communication and Media, and Sociology of Aging. Her PhD thesis is entitled "The temporal and religious horizons of science skepticism. A comparison of vaccination hesitancy and climate change denial".

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We investigated the negative relationship between mortality and COVID-19 vaccination at ecological level, which has been established through clinical trials and other investigations at the individual level. We conducted an exploratory, correlational, country-level analysis of open data centralized by Our World in Data concerning the cumulative COVI...
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Objectives We estimate patterns of covariation between COVID-19 and measles vaccination rates and a set of widely used indicators of human, social, and economic capital across 146 countries. Study Design We conduct exploratory analyses of social patterns that uphold vaccination success for COVID-19 and measles. Methods We use publicly available d...
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We estimate patterns of covariation between COVID-19 vaccination rates and a set of widely used indicators of human, social, and economic capital across 146 countries in July 2021 and February 2022. About 70% of the variability in COVID-19 vaccination rates worldwide can be explained by differences in the Human Development Index (HDI) and, specific...
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This theoretical article approaches Christian religious denominations within which skeptical arguments with regard to vaccination and climate change are developed. These two types of skeptical positioning towards science are rooted in postmodernity, and manifest themselves as similar phenomena. Religion, as a social institution, fulfills the need f...
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We study variability in General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) awareness in relation to digital experience in the 28 European countries of EU27-UK, through secondary analysis of the Eurobarometer 91.2 survey conducted in March 2019 (N = 27,524). Education, occupation, and age are the strongest sociodemographic predictors of GDPR awareness, with...
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We studied variability in General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) awareness in relation to digital experience in the 28 European countries of EU27-UK, through secondary analysis of the Eurobarometer 91.2 survey conducted in March 2019 (N = 27,524). Education, occupation, and age were the strongest sociodemographic predictors of GDPR awareness, wi...
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The article is available at: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1cYTG_,cUWn3I6 Background: Despite lacking scientific support, vaccine hesitancy is widespread. While serious vaccine damage as a scientific fact is real yet statistically highly uncommon, emerging social and technological forces have amplified perceptions of risk for “probable vaccine da...
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Background: Despite lacking scientific support, vaccine hesitancy is widespread. While vaccine damage as a scientific fact is statistically highly uncommon, emerging social and technological forces have converted probable vaccine damage into an alternative fact. Methods: Using the Eurobarometer 91.2 survey on a statistically representative EU27-UK...
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Despite of its great disruption, users' access to technology is limited and influenced by individual attitudes and capabilities. We take a look at how social media usage, as a form of online social capital, varies based on the theory of planned behavior. Analyzing 2018 data from the United States of America, gathered within the Core Trends Survey-P...
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Beyond its physical nature, climate change is also a social artifact manufactured through discourses that organize social reality by the meanings and practices they entail. The aim of this paper was to investigate the social construction of Romanian science-skeptical discourses regarding climate change. Ten online articles uploaded between 2017 and...
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In the present paper, I conducted a comparative study of vocabularies of motives that Romanian and American parents employ in the online environment on the topic of HPV vaccination. I started from C. W. Mills's (1940) article on vocabularies of motives, integrating into my analysis the concepts of filter bubbles and echo chambers. The research meth...
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Vaccine hesitancy is not a singular view but encompasses a set of positions located between complete acceptance of vaccination and complete rejection of vaccination. In this paper, I argue that vaccine-hesitant attitudes emerge at the intersection of individual and structural processes, and thus can be better conceptualized as "extended attitudes"....
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Filling a gap in our understanding of how senior citizens use information and communication technologies (ICTs), we identified several profiles of technology communication use among European seniors (aged 65+). These profiles include: Digitallyimmersed communicators, Asynchronous communicators and Phoneenjoyers. We outline the importance of a broad...
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In the present paper, we have analyzed the discourse of four pro and anti-vaccine Facebook pages, in order to understand how the discourse of each party is constructed and to observe the main similarities and differences between them, employing a netnographical approach. Using Netvizz, we have collected data about the three posts with the largest e...
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Even if more and more people use mobile phones, the gap between younger and older age groups persists and its importance is timely and widened given the present ageing and digital inequality phenomena. How wide is the difference on types of phone usage between different age groups? For answering this research question, we employ binary logistic reg...
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The aim of this paper was to study the elderly representations in Romanian video advertising in order to identify a typology corresponding to these representations. The research method that I used was the content analysis with a dominant qualitative approach, but also including quantification elements. The commercials that I selected for my analysi...

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We study science-skeptical beliefs by examining how contrarian discourses appear legitimate to the public, through their ambivalent relationships with science and dominant narratives. We identify consolidation and innovation in legitimacy tactics across climate-skeptical and vaccine-skeptical discourses.