Informed democracy : information experiences during the 2012 Queensland election

Haidn, Insa, Partridge, Helen L., & Yates, Christine (2014) Informed democracy : information experiences during the 2012 Queensland election. In Du, Jia Tina, Zhu, Qinghua, & Koronios, Andy (Eds.) Library and Information Science Research in Asia-Oceania : Theory and Practice. IGI Global Publishing, Hershey, PA, pp. 8-23.

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This chapter presents the preliminary findings of a qualitative study exploring people’s information experiences during the 2012 Queensland State election in Australia. Six residents of South East Queensland who were eligible to vote in the state election participated in a semi-structured interview. The interviews revealed five themes that depict participants’ information experience during the election: information sources, information flow, personal politics, party politics and sense making. Together these themes represent what is experienced as information, how information is experienced, as well as contextual aspects that were unique to voting in an election. The study outlined here is one in an emerging area of enquiry that has explored information experience as a research object. This study has revealed that people’s information experiences are rich, complex and dynamic, and that information experience as a construct of scholarly inquiry provides deep insights into the ways in which people relate to their information worlds. More studies exploring information experience within different contexts are needed to help develop our theoretical understanding of this important and emerging construct.

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ID Code: 65624
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: information experience, qualitative research, library and information studies, election, voting
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5158-6.ch002
ISBN: 9781466651586
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Library Services
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 IGI Global Publishing
Deposited On: 03 Jan 2014 01:54
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 06:02

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