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Conceptions of place in the information practices of the Mahamewnawa Asapuwa Temple community

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posted on 2024-03-04, 00:52 authored by Hilary Yerbury, Pethigamage Perera, Michael Olsson
The findings of a study of the information practices of devotees and monks associated with a Buddhist temple are used to examine the way place is understood, and to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the conceptualisations presented in the literature. An insider approach facilitated the collection of data through interviews of monks and devotees, observations and analysis of websites and social media platforms produced by the temple community. Thematic analysis was used to analyse interview transcripts, the researcher’s field notes and online content. Place can be physical, modified by time, symbolic, created through the affordances of technology and organisational. Three categories of information practices emerged, being cultural, everyday life and organisational information practices. Existing conceptualisations of place in information research, including information grounds, information landscapes and space of flows were insufficient to cover the ways that place was expressed in this study. Understandings of place and associated information practices are tied to cultural knowledge and beliefs. The outsider researcher may only make sense of data through the use of metaphor or analogy. Further analytical and empirical work is essential to develop guidelines for establishing appropriate metaphors.

History

Volume

27

Issue

1

Start Page

1

End Page

12

Number of Pages

12

Start Date

2022-09-26

Finish Date

2022-09-29

eISSN

1368-1613

ISSN

1368-1613

Location

Berlin, Germany

Publisher

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Place of Publication

Online

Additional Rights

CC BY 4.0 DEED

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • Yes

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Name of Conference

ISIC: the information behaviour conference

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