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Critical Theory for Library and Information Science: Exploring the Social from Across the Disciplines

Critical Theory for Library and Information Science: Exploring the Social from Across the Disciplines


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Critical Theory for Library and Information Science: Exploring the Social from Across the Disciplines

This text provides an overview of major critical theorists from across disciplines—including the humanities, social sciences, and education—that discusses the importance of these critical perspectives for the advancement of LIS research and scholarship.

• A basic bibliography of the theorist's work follows each topic presentation; some chapters also include works of critical commentary on the theorist's writings

• Indexes of key terms and concepts are provided throughout the chapters

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591589389
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/26/2010
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gloria J. Leckie is associate professor and LIS program coordinator in the faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

Lisa M. Given is professor in the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is editor of The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods.

John E. Buschman is associate university librarian for collections development, preservation, and scholarly communication at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Necessity for Theoretically Informed Critique in Library and Information Science (LIS) Gloria Leckie John Buschman vii

1 Michel Aglietta and Regulation Theory Siobhan Stevenson 1

2 Roland Barthes: On Semiology and Taxonomy Hans Dam Christensen 15

3 Roy Bhaskar's Critical Realism John M. Budd 29

4 Social Capital, Symbolic Violence, and Fields of Cultural Production: Pierre Bourdieu and Library and Information Science Lisa Hussey 41

5 Beyond a Signpost for Resistance: The Promise of Michel de Certeau's Practices of Everyday Life for LIS Scholarship Paulette Rothbauer 53

6 Michel Foucault: Discourse, Power/Knowledge, and the Battle for Truth Michael R. Olsson 63

7 Deconstructing the Library with Jacques Derrida: Creating Space for the "Other" in Bibliographic Description and Classification Joseph Deodato 75

8 Transformative Library Pedagogy and Community-Based Libraries: A Freirean Perspective Martina Riedler Mustafa Yunus Eryaman 89

9 Psychoanalysis as Critique in the Works of Freud, Lacan, and Deleuze and Guattari Ronald E. Day Andrew J. Lau 101

10 Anthony Giddens' Influence on Library and Information Science Howard Rosenbaum 119

11 The Public Library as a Space for Democratic Empowerment: Henry Giroux, Radical Democracy, and Border Pedagogy Mustafa Yunus Eryaman 131

12 Hegemony, Historic Blocs, and Capitalism: Antonio Gramsci in Library and Information Science Douglas Raber 143

13 The Social as Fundamental and a Source of the Critical: Jürgen Habermas John E. Buschman 161

14 Martin Heidegger's Critique of Informational Modernity Ronald E. Day 173

15 Bruno Latour: Documenting Human and Nonhuman Associations Will Wheeler 189

16 Jean Lave's Practice Theory Sanna Talja 205

17 Henri Lefebvre and Spatial Dialectics Gloria J. Leckie Lisa M. Given 221

18 Herbert Marcuse: Liberation, Utopia, and Revolution Ajit Pyati 237

19 Chantal Mouffe's Theory of Agonistic Pluralism and Its Relevance for Library and Information Science Research Joacim Hansson 249

20 Antonio Negri on Information, Empire, and Commonwealth Nick Dyer-Witheford 259

21 Ferdinand de Saussure: Duality Paul Solomon 273

22 Investigating the Textually Mediated Work of Institutions: Dorothy E. Smith's Sociology for People Rosamund K. Stooke 283

23 Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: Deconstructionist, Marxist, Feminist, Postcolonialist Hope A. Olson Melodic J. Fox 295

Index 311

About the Editors and Contributors 319

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