Elfreda A. Chatman

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Drawing upon a series of studies that examines the information world of poor people, the author discovers four critical concepts that serve as the basis for defining an impoverished life-world. These concepts are risk-taking, secrecy, deception, and situational relevance. Moving back and forth among the worlds of janitors, single mothers, and an aging(More)
This study addresses ways in which inmates at the only maximum-security prison for women in Neuse City (in the northeastern United States) redefine their social world in order to survive incarceration. An aim of the project is to engage in theory building in order to examine the experiences of a world that is “lived in the round.” A life in the round is a(More)
ABSTR4CT THISARTICLE: .-DRESSES WAYS is WHICH information professionals might reexamine the world of information from small world perspectives. Information behavior in small world lives has been little touched on in the literature. However, issues raised in this discussion should lead to further considerations regarding this phenomenon. The approach to this(More)
THISSTUDY FOCUSES on the role that mentorship plays in the career development of twenty-eight directors of major public libraries. The findings revealed that sixteen of the directors had experienced mentorship. The results also show that mentors were a major factor in sponsoring the directors for major library positions. Finally, the conclusion supports the(More)
Burnett, G., Besant, M., & Chatman, E. A. (2001). Small worlds: Normative behavior in virtual communities and feminist bookselling. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 52(7), 536-547. doi:10.1002/asi.1102 Chatman’s theory of normative behavior—and her earlier conception of small worlds that have “a specific context that(More)
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