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Pets and people: Information experience of multispecies families

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posted on 2021-11-29, 00:10 authored by Niloofar Solhjoo, Maja Krtalić
Purpose: This paper introduces more-than-human perspective in information behaviour and information experience studies. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to understandings of the concept of multispecies families by exploring their significant dimensions related to information phenomena involving multiple contexts, situations, spaces, actors, species, and activities. Design/methodology/approach: Based on previous research in human information behaviour and human-animal studies, our ideas around information experience of multispecies families are developed conceptually. The paper builds both on previous empirical findings about human information behaviour and the new domain of information experience. Findings: The paper proposes a holistic approach both to information phenomena in everyday living with companion animals including embodied, affective, cognitive, social, digital, and objectual information that shapes pet care and management practices, and to the context of study, including work, domestic, and leisure aspects of multispecies family. Originality: This study broadens our understanding of information phenomena in multispecies families, and so contributes to the field of information experience. It also provides insights for animal welfare scientists to help them understand the information behaviour of humans who are responsible for keeping and caring for animals. Keywords: information experience, information behaviour, multispecies family, more-than-human, everyday life, companion animals Manuscript Type: Conceptual Paper


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Solhjoo, N. & Krtalić, M. (n.d.). Pets and people: Information experience of multispecies families. Journal of Documentation.

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