Being in place: embodied information practices

Information Research
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Information Research: an international electronic journal, 2017, 22 (1)
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Introduction. The concept of embodied information practices and the implications for research and professional practice are examined drawing from the authors’ empirical studies of people engaged in professional and everyday practices. The authors suggest that information behaviour research’s focus on individual cognition has led our field to overlook the important role that embodied practices play in individual and collective sense-making. Method. Conceptual paper that draws from a number of qualitatively framed research projects, which explore the role of information practices in knowledge construction. Conclusions. Empirical studies which focus on non-linguistic and embodied practices may appear removed from the Library and Information Science agenda, however these should become increasingly routine, because they provide the research field with a source of information about how people engage with the non-normative aspects of everyday life and learn from others to inform their practices.
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