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Information Cosmopolitics by Edin Tabak

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Theory and practice

Jumping between different frames of references

This chapter discusses difficulties of information behaviour research and studies on nationalism and cosmopolitanism to find their research focus. Different approaches to nationalism and cosmopolitanism try to place individual and groups in a position within a continuum between particularism and universalism, while a major feature of IB field is oscillation between the two opposite poles within a continuum between approaches focusing on individuals and those focusing on context. However, such a positioning of the research focus tells more about the researchers’ own theoretical commitments than the participants’ practices, producing a gap between theory and practice.

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