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The stranger’s tale: information seeking as an outsider activity
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (LinCS)
2013 (English)In: Journal of Documentation, ISSN 0022-0418, E-ISSN 1758-7379, Vol. 69, no 2, p. 275-294Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract [en]

With a departure point in the Schutzian concept of “The stranger”, the aim of the article is to examine the usefulness of the concept as a tool for understanding information seeking practices from an outsider perspective in the context of leaving school and planning to apply to a university programme in Sweden. The article draws on the phenomenological sociology of Schutz together with narrative theory. In this study stories of information seeking gathered in interviews are related to a discourse of nationality and analysed using the concept of cognitive authority together with the concept of the stranger. The findings reveal the effort required for young people with roots in other countries or from non-academic homes to connect and interact with potentially valuable sources of information and that the concept of the stranger can be employed to render visible implicit dimensions of information seeking. Research limitations/implications - the article is based on an in-depth study of the information seeking activities of one young person in a specific national, political and cultural context. It is particular and personal but at the same time can be related to wider issues in contemporary society through narrative analysis. The stories of information seeking taken up exemplify the social nature of barriers of access to information and may be of help in the planning of research projects on a larger scale.In a time when a discourse of nationality is pervasive and integration policies are under question in Europe this study provides insight into the individual experience from the perspective of library and information science

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Emerald , 2013. Vol. 69, no 2, p. 275-294
Keyword [en]
nationality, immigrant, information–seeking, information literacy, school leavers, Sweden, Information seeking
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1555DOI: 10.1108/00220411311300075ISI: 000317150200006Local ID: 2320/12246OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1555DiVA, id: diva2:869613
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Acknowledgements to LinCS at Gothenburg University for financial support in the writing of this article.

Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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