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Human Information InteractionAn Ecological Approach to Information Behavior$
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Raya Fidel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017008

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017008.001.0001

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Theoretical Traditions in Human Information Behavior

Theoretical Traditions in Human Information Behavior

(p.167) 8 Theoretical Traditions in Human Information Behavior
Human Information Interaction

Raya Fidel

The MIT Press

A range of theoretical traditions in the social sciences and the humanities has guided research in human information behavior (HIB). This chapter explores how theoretical traditions have been viewed and used in HIB research. After providing an overview of some elementary philosophical concepts, it looks at some basic issues related to epistemology and ontology. It then considers the empiricist stance, the realist stance, and methodological issues. It also discusses misconceptions and contradictions concerning theoretical traditions in HIB research, including positivism, and the conflict between phenomenology and positivism.

Keywords:   theoretical traditions, social sciences, humanities, research, human information behavior, epistemology, ontology, phenomenology, positivism, empiricist stance

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