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ERIC Number: EJ1044647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: EISSN-1368-1613
Exploring Multiple Spaces and Practices: A Note on the Use of Ethnography in Research in Library and Information Studies
Carlsson, Hanna; Hanell, Fredrik; Lindh, Karolina
Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, v18 n3 suppl Sep 2013
Introduction: In recent years, there has been a growing interest in ethnographic research within the field of library and Information studies. Although ethnography has been used by information researchers for studying a wide variety of phenomena, discussions concerning methodological developments and directions, as well as ethnography's wider applicability within the field are rare. Our intent is to contribute to the such discussions. Method: The article draws on three on-going research projects to illustrate how the analytical and methodological concepts of following and translation are operationalized. Analysis: Particularly the article addresses the tension between the site specificity traditionally associated with ethnographic methodology, and the fluidity and place transcending but yet situated character of the objects of study in the field. Conclusion: The authors conclude that an ethnography of following and translation is a tool for handling the movability characterizing the phenomena studied in the field, thus turning the necessary uncertainty of inductive research into an advantage. This allows the researcher to stay open and let the object of study lead the way. [This paper was published as part of: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark, 19-22 August, 2013.]
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Language: English
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