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The things we carry: migrants' personal collection management and use

Maja Krtalic (School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand)
Kingsley T. Ihejirika (School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 22 April 2022

Issue publication date: 10 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper explores personal collection management and use in the context of migration. The paper further investigates how migrants use items in personal collections to reflect their self-identity and learn about their heritage.

Design/methodology/approach

Interviews were used to collect data from 14 immigrants in New Zealand.

Findings

Findings show how migrants perceive the value of their personal collections, manage their personal collections during migration and use their personal collections as instruments of identity formation, self-awareness, and connections to cultural heritage.

Originality/value

Insights presented in this study increase an understanding of the critical role personal information plays in the migration and integration process.

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Citation

Krtalic, M. and Ihejirika, K.T. (2023), "The things we carry: migrants' personal collection management and use", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 79 No. 1, pp. 86-111. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-12-2021-0236

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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