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The missing link: information behavior research and its estranged relationship with embodiment


Lueg, CP, The missing link: information behavior research and its estranged relationship with embodiment, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66, (12) pp. 2704-2707. ISSN 2330-1643 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/asi.23441


In this brief contribution we argue that an apparent dichotomy between information behavior seen as the behavior of individuals and their respective information styles and information behavior considered a social practice may be resolved by considering the under-researched corporeality of the human body aka embodiment which is a fundamental aspect of any kind of behavior, including information behavior. Practice is inherently embodied too which means embodiment can be utilized as a vantage point to seek conceptual grounding for the rather diverse range of theories and models in information behavior research. The challenge then is to articulate in what way and on what level a particular approach contributes to advancing information behavior research. Conceptual clarity would also help information behavior models and theories developed in library and information science become more accessible and hopefully also more relevant to researchers in cognate disciplines.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:information behavior, information styles, information practice, embodiment, cognition
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information behaviour
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lueg, CP (Professor Christopher Lueg)
ID Code:95121
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-09-25
Last Modified:2018-01-23
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