Putting discourse to work: Information practices and the professional project of nurses

Jenny Johannisson, Olof Sundin

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This article contributes to discourse-oriented, information-seeking research by showing how discourses, from a neopragmatist perspective, can be explored as tools that people employ when they actively engage in information practices in varied social contexts. A study of nurses and the nursing profession in Sweden is used as an empirical example of such a context, which is in the article understood as a community of justification. The nurses' accounts of information practices are further analyzed as expressions of their use of discourses as tools in the promotion of specific interests as to what the nursing profession should be. The analysis shows how the science-oriented medical discourse and the holistically oriented nursing discourse are two tools employed in the nurses' accounts of their information practices. In these discourses, which operate at both a workplace and an occupational level, a key component is what nurses consider to be relevant information.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-218
JournalLibrary Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Information Studies


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