ERIC Number: EJ994989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Hierarchy, Complicity and Culture in the Library and Information Science Preservation Agenda: Observations from Romania
Klimaszewski, Cheryl; Bader, Gail E.; Nyce, James M.
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, v45 n1 p38-52 Mar 2013
This paper argues that researchers involved in cultural heritage preservation need to adopt a more inclusive ethnographic research methodology that pays special attention to how power, class, and status shape the communities we study. Based on observations from field research in Ghimes-Faget, Romania, we discuss why the Hungarian ethnic identity was chosen as the village's most visible representation although residents had many other identities from which to choose. We show how local efforts to preserve culture, history and self "in one direction" were shaped by the current socio-economic reality in the village. Our findings suggest that identity selection is influenced by shifting power relations between ethnic groups over time as much as it is by the dominant ethnic group in a community. In an effort to show how existing research falls short, we discuss why one recently proposed "culturally responsive research methodology" could not support any kind of legitimate preservation agenda in Ghimes or any other community.
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Cultural Background, Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Research Methodology, Information Science, Information Science Education, Researchers, Archives, Ethnic Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Hungary; Romania