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A Social Approach as a Metatheory to Understand Everyday Information Practices of the Disadvantaged
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A Social Approach as a Metatheory to Understand Everyday Information Practices of the Disadvantaged
Koo, Joung Hwa;
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The study reviews theoretical and empirical research literature in information needs, seeking and uses in order to search for the most pertinent metatheories for studying information practices of the disadvantaged. The study examines the salient features and main theories/models of each cognitive, affective and social approach in the user-centered paradigm through analyzing prior information practices studies. While analyzing the main features of each cognitive, affective and social approach, the study points out the limitation of research using the cognitive and affective approaches to fail to theorize the relationship between individuals and complex and dynamic socio-cultural contexts in information practices. As an alternative, the study suggests using the social approach as a pertinent metatheory for understanding information practices of the disadvantaged who are entangled with myriad social contexts and issues. In order to verify the pertinence, the study examines the advantages of the social approach through analyzing both the main models related to everyday information practices under social constructionism and the main findings from information practices of the disadvantaged.
 Keywords
Cognitive Approach;Affective Approach;Social Approach;Information Practice;the Disadvantaged;Everyday Information Practice;
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English
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