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Publication date: 1 December 2012

Denise Morado Nascimento

Interview with Dutch architect N. John Habraken; his Supports' theory is made explicit aligned with the approach of the Open Building movement. It aims to understand it in…

Abstract

Interview with Dutch architect N. John Habraken; his Supports' theory is made explicit aligned with the approach of the Open Building movement. It aims to understand it in order to make it possible into the context of Brazilian contemporary architecture.

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Open House International, vol. 37 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0168-2601

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Publication date: 25 April 2008

Denise Morado Nascimento and Regina Maria Marteleto

The purpose of this paper is to understand the information phenomenon through the means of informational practice – the way of acting that gives identity to a group – in a…

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to understand the information phenomenon through the means of informational practice – the way of acting that gives identity to a group – in a social field and knowledge domain.

Design/methodology/approach

By relating Pierre Bourdieu's sociology of culture to the domain analysis approach of Birger Hjørland, the intention was to achieve a comprehensive interpretation of the structure which generates the discourse communities and, also, of the social structure from which they are derived. All of these form the conditions for understanding the efforts, objectives and interests of the actors in the social field that causes them to develop determined informational practices. The field of architecture was elected for analysis.

Findings

The conclusions show that both the products and subjects of a domain of knowledge, inserted in social fields, are expressions of their informational practice.

Research limitations/implications

The authors believe the theoretical model based on Bourdieu and Hjørland's concepts, here built to analyze the architecture domain, may be used to analyze other domains.

Originality/value

Domain analysis is employed as an approach to the study of the information aspects but here supported by the sociological concepts of Bourdieu. Thus, it is possible to understand what, how and why the informational practices are constituted inside a domain of knowledge, and, fundamentally, interpret the historical, cultural, and social dimensions that influence the construction of information.

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 64 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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