Mikhail Bakhtin and IL


This chapter explores the key concepts in Bakhtin’s theories of communication and outlines their relevance for the study of IL.. These concepts, particularly the ideas of genre, chronotope, unfinalisability, and polyphony, or multi-voicedness, help show why information practices and information literacy cannot be a generic pursuit, but instead are context-dependent. The chapter also explores the difference between the human sciences and the natural sciences, and returns to the notion of strong objectivity to clarify why scrutiny of all validity claims is an essential aspect of IL.

Key Words

Bakhtin; genre; chronotope; unfinalisability; polyphony; strong objectivity; authority

The role of this chapter is to root radical ...

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