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Lifeworld and Meaning: Information in Relation to Context
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2005 (English)In: Context: Nature, Impact, and Role: 5th International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Sciences, CoLIS 2005, Glasgow, UK, June 4-8, 2005. Proceedings / [ed] Fabio Crestani, Ian Ruthven, Berlin: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2005, 119-140 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper proposes a concept of information defined as semantic links to a meaning external to the information, located in the structure of the lifeworld. In building upon Habermas Theory of Communicative Action, the progress of linguistically coordinated action in the lifeworld through speech acts connected with claims of validity is briefly described. The claim is put for ward that the meaning of a statement or an artefact can only be determined through communicative action since all information is semantically contex tualized in the lifeworld, the basic structure of society within which the repro duction of world views and cultural traditions occurs. However, communicative rationality shapes social institutions into a system of growing complexity that exerts pressure on the lifeworld, increasing the need for communicative action. The function of facilitating the evaluation of validity claims makes access to information necessary for consensus formation and action coordination, thereby emphasizing the significance of IS. The paper presents a model of contextualized praxis as it concludes that information specialists must act communicatively.

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Berlin: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2005. 119-140 p.
, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 3507
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-80732DOI: 10.1007/11495222_11ISBN: 978-3-540-26178-0ISBN: 978-3-540-32101-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-80732DiVA: diva2:108646
Available from: 2006-05-22 Created: 2006-05-22 Last updated: 2012-12-10Bibliographically approved

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