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Researching fractured (information) landscapes: Implications for library and information science researchers undertaking research with refugees and forced migration studies

Lloyd, A; (2017) Researching fractured (information) landscapes: Implications for library and information science researchers undertaking research with refugees and forced migration studies. Journal of Documentation , 73 (1) pp. 35-47. 10.1108/JD-03-2016-0032. Green open access

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to introduce a range of sensitising themes that may help to frame the emerging concept of fractured landscapes. / Design/methodology/approach: Key concepts are drawn from the forced migration field, from social theory and from Library and information science research to frame the concept of fractured landscape research. Methodological and ethical aspects that influence research are also introduced. / Findings: The importance of nomenclature is identified in relation to designations of refugee and migrant. The concept of a fractured landscape provides a suitable way of describing the disruption that is caused to refugees’ information landscapes in the process of transition and resettlement. The sensitising themes such as the exilic journey, liminality, integration, bonding and bridging capital are introduced to provide a way of framing a deeper analysis of the information experience of people who must reconcile previously established ways of knowing with the new landscapes related to transition and resettlement. / Originality/value: Original paper that introduces an emerging conceptual framework and a range of questions that may be useful to library and information science researchers who wish to pursue research that contributes to the humanitarian area or library services.

Type: Article
Title: Researching fractured (information) landscapes: Implications for library and information science researchers undertaking research with refugees and forced migration studies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1108/JD-03-2016-0032
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-03-2016-0032
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Public libraries, Forced migration, Migrants, Information practices, Refugees, Information science research
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Information Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10062114
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