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Preliminary Papers 5: Information Behaviour 1
Time: 27/Mar/2018: 11:00am-12:30pm · Location: Lecture Theatre 5 (Diamond)

Domestic Migrant Workers in Israel: The strength of weak ties

Jenny Bronstein

Department of information science, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Abstract. This paper presents an ongoing exploratory study examining the role that weak ties play in the information behaviour of domestic migrant workers liv-ing in Israel. Weak ties are social acquaintances that provide varied information and social support. The study used the narrative method that allows the researcher to study and understand information behaviours intrinsically related to the life stories of the population studied. The interviews looked for narratives that de-scribed their interactions with different information sources, and the role that weak ties play as sources of information and social support that help them make sense of their lives in Israel. Findings revealed that weak ties fulfilled four func-tions: extending access to information, fostering social interactions with dissimi-lar others, facilitating low-risk discussion of high-risk topics, and fostering a sense of belonging.

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