Informed democracy: information experiences during the 2012 Queensland election

Haidn, Insa and Partridge, Helen and Yates, Christine (2014) Informed democracy: information experiences during the 2012 Queensland election. In: Library and information science research in Asia-Oceania: theory and practice. Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book Series. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), United States, pp. 8-23. ISBN 9781466651586

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Abstract

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. © 2014 by IGI Global. All rights reserved.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version of chapter displayed in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2018 06:26
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 04:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2012 Queensland State election; information
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080799 Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5158-6.ch002
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34936

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