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Seeking Information in Circles: The Application of Chatman’s Life in the Round Theory to the Information Small World of Catholic Clergy in Northern Nigeria

Posted on: February 24, 2016

This is the accepted version of the paper published in the Journal of Information Science. First published online, February 22, 2016. doi:10.1177/0165551516632659. Click here to read the accepted version.


This study explores Chatman’s proposition of the theory of life in the round that members of a small world who live in the round will not cross the boundaries of their world to seek information. The study tests Chatman’s proposition to find out whether it is applicable to the special population of Catholic clergy. The study was conducted with Catholic clergy from Northern Nigeria. Findings show these clergy are not likely to cross boundaries of their small worlds to seek information about their ministry or private lives. They prefer to seek such information within their circle of clergy. The findings align with Chatman’s conclusion that life lived in the round has a negative influence on information seeking. This study advances the understanding of Chatman’s theory of life in the round and positions religious status as a factor that is capable of influencing the information seeking process.

The Published Journal article can be found here.


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