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"Being in a Knowledge Space": information behaviour of cult media fan communities

Price, L. and Robinson, L. (2016). "Being in a Knowledge Space": information behaviour of cult media fan communities. Journal of Information Science, 43(5), pp. 649-664. doi: 10.1177/0165551516658821


This article describes the first two parts of a three-stage study investigating the information behaviour of fans and fan communities, focusing on fans of cult media. A literature analysis shows that information practices are an inherent and major part of fan activities, and that fans are practitioners of new forms of information consumption and production, showing sophisticated activities of information organisation and dissemination. A subsequent Delphi study, taking the novel form of a 'serious leisure' Delphi, in which the participants are not experts in the usual sense, identifies three aspects of fan information behaviour of particular interest beyond the fan context: information gatekeeping; classifying and tagging; and entrepreneurship and economic activity.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2016
Publisher Keywords: Information behaviour; serious leisure; fan studies; Delphi study; literature analysis
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Library & Information Science
Date available in CRO: 27 Jun 2016 13:12
Date deposited: 22 July 2016
Date of acceptance: 20 June 2016
Date of first online publication: 15 July 2016
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