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Information behaviour in pre-literate societies.

Madden, A.D., Palimi, J. and Bryson, J. (2006) Information behaviour in pre-literate societies. In: Spink, A. and Cole, C., (eds.) New Directions in Human Information Behaviour. Information science and knowledge management (8). Springer , USA . ISBN 1402036671

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This chapter arose from an exchange of ideas between a former life scientist, a former archaeologist, and a member of the Kope tribe, a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea. All three now work in fields related to information sciences.

It discusses how notions of information have been dominated by text-based information sources, and considers how one group of people (the Kope) managed information in the absence of any awareness of text.

The study explores how the Kopi relate to information, how they use it, and where they get it from. It summarises the findings as six information roles. These are related to contemporary situations.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: information, orality, evolutionary psychology, evaluation of information, information society
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Andrew D. Madden
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 05:28
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer
Refereed: No
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/582

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