Following the "community" thread from sociology to information behavior and informatics: Uncovering theoretical continuities and research opportunities

@article{Veinot2012FollowingT,
  title={Following the "community" thread from sociology to information behavior and informatics: Uncovering theoretical continuities and research opportunities},
  author={Tiffany C. Veinot and Kate Williams},
  journal={JASIST},
  year={2012},
  volume={63},
  pages={847-864}
}
This paper reviews five paradigms from the discipline of community sociology (functionalism, evolution, conflict, interactionism, and exchange) in order to assess their potential utility for understanding everyday life information behavior and technology use. Our analysis considers the ways in which each paradigm defines the concepts of “community,” “information,” and “technology.” It also explores the insights offered by each paradigm regarding relationships between “community” and both… CONTINUE READING

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