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What Genre Theory Does

Genre Theory in Information Studies

ISBN: 978-1-78441-255-5, eISBN: 978-1-78441-254-8

ISSN: 2055-5377

Publication date: 6 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

To provide a small overview of genre theory and its associated concepts and to show how genre theory has had its antecedents in certain parts of the social sciences and not in the humanities.

Findings

The chapter argues that the explanatory force of genre theory may be explained with its emphasis on everyday genres, de facto genres.

Originality/value

By providing an overview of genre theory, the chapter demonstrates the wealth and richness of forms of explanations in genre theory.

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Citation

Andersen, J. (2015), "What Genre Theory Does", Genre Theory in Information Studies (Studies in Information, Vol. 11), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2055-537720140000011002

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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