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Author-Constructs & Trojan Horse-ing: Academic Citation as a Strategic Discursive Practice

Michael R. Olsson

ASIST 2011 Annual Meeting
New Orleans, LA, October 9-12, 2011


This paper draws on the findings of a study of 15 international information researchers' relationship with an author work prominent in the literature of their field (Brenda Dervin) to examine academic citation practices in a new light. Drawing on social constructivist theories, derived in part from Foucault's approach to discourse analysis, and a methodology drawing on aspects of Dervin's (1999) Sense-Making and Glaser & Strauss' (1967) inductive analytic techniques, it seeks to examine citation as a strategic discursive practice.

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