Informaatiokäytäntöjen tutkimuksen teoreettisia ja metodologisia mahdollisuuksia

toimijaverkkoteoria ja käytäntölähtöinen tutkimusote

Avainsanat: informaatiokäytännöt, informaatiokäyttäytyminen [], toimijaverkkoteoria [], käytäntöteoria, datatiede []


In this article I ponder how the actor-network theory and the practice-based studies can be applied in information practices research. The history of the actor-network theory goes back to the 1970s and 1980s and is linked to sociology as well as science and technology studies. Actually it was not intended to be so much a theory, but more like a method of combining actors into a wider story without preconceived ideas or laws of thought. In recent years, information practice research has paid more attention to the practice-based studies than to the actor-network theory. The quest for the full recognition of nonhuman factors as a part of information generation and its utilisation can be observed as a common ground with these two approaches. I believe, that if we apply the components of the actor-network theory and practice-based studies, we will get a more holistic view of information practices. These views and results may be used to review information practices and to develop the information processes further.

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