Title

Clarifying identity in information behavior research: A conceptual analysis

Publication Date

7-1-2020

Document Type

Article

Department

Information

Publication Title

Library and Information Science Research

Volume

42

Issue

3

DOI

10.1016/j.lisr.2020.101035

Abstract

Using a conceptual analysis approach, how identity has been theorized in the information behavior literature was explored. Findings indicate that researchers have employed five approaches when conceptualizing identity: identity as personal project, identity and social groups, identity as self-presentation, fragmented discursive subjects, and intersectional, hybrid and global identities. Structure and clarity are brought to a complicated concept often used to understand people's information behaviors. The findings contribute to the identification of the key factors of information behavior and suggest areas for future research.

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