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Agency and liminality during the COVID-19 pandemic: Why information literacy can’t fix vaccine hesitancy



Hicks, Alison;

Lloyd, Annemaree;

(2022)

Agency and liminality during the COVID-19 pandemic: Why information literacy can’t fix vaccine hesitancy.

Journal of Information Science

(In press).


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    Abstract

    This paper employs a sociological and dialogical information perspective to identify what shape information literacy practice takes for people who are hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccine. An information perspective places information and people’s relations with information at the centre of the inquiry. The study carried out 14 semi-structured interviews with UK adults who had not yet received or taken up their invitation to have the COVID-19 vaccine. Outcomes of this study suggest that information literacy practices related to vaccine hesitancy emerged through the liminal space and in relation to agentic performance, which was catalysed through engagement with experiential, corporeal and social information. This study has implications for the teaching of information literacy, in particular the idea that being informed is an affirmative action that will automatically empower learners to make appropriate choices

    Type: Article

    Title: Agency and liminality during the COVID-19 pandemic: Why information literacy can’t fix vaccine hesitancy
    Publisher version: https://journals.sagepub.com/loi/jisb
    Language: English
    Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
    Keywords: information literacy, COVID-19, vaccine hesitancy, liminality, agency
    UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
    UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Information Studies
    UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
    UCL
    URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10153858

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