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Information ur ett poststrukturalistiskt perspektiv: En diskussion kring informationsrelaterade teorier hos Mark C. Taylor, Jacques Derrida och Michel Foucault.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesisAlternative title
A poststructuralist approach to information : A discussion of the information-related theories of Mark C. Taylor, Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. (English)
Abstract [en]

Defining the concept of information has long been the subject of debate within Information Science (IS) and new challenges are constantly presented by new scientific discoveries and new theoretical positions. It is, nevertheless, of key importance for any academic discipline to find definitions on which there is a consensus. The paper therefore aims to clarify the relevance of one of these new theoretical approaches for IS, namely poststructuralism. It does so by describing the theories found in the writings of poststructuralists Mark C. Taylor, Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, and discussing their relevance for the three definitions of information suggested by Michael Buckland (Information-as-knowledge, Information-as thing and Information-as-process), thereby answering the following questions: What relevance does Mark C. Taylor's theory have for defining information-as-knowledge? What relevance does Jacques Derrida's theory of différance have for defining information-as-thing? What relevance does Michel Foucault's discourse theory have for defining information-as-process? The method used in the paper is a qualitative ideology analysis focused on identifying key dimensions in Buckland's definitions and then describing the poststructuralist theories in relation to these dimensions. The paper argues that, from a poststructuralist perspective, Information-as-knowledge should be defined as something radically relational and characterized by the theory of a passive subject; the definition of Information-as-thing should be characterized by the ongoing interplay of differences between signs; and Information-as-process should be defined by the disciplinary forces of society.

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University of Borås/Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS) , 2010.
Series
Magisteruppsats i biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap vid institutionen Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1654-0247 ; 2009:74
Keywords [en]
information, poststrukturalism, filosofi, michael buckland
Keywords [sv]
begreppsbildning, biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-19686Local ID: 2320/5936OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-19686DiVA, id: diva2:1311620
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