Informaatiolukutaito osallisuuden ja hyvinvoinnin politiikkana

Translated title of the contribution: information literacy as a policy of promoting citizen participation and wellbeing

Anna-Aurora Kork, Tuuli Turja, Kaisa Kurkela, Marjaana Jones, Anni Jäntti

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Abstract

Advancing information literacy (IL) of citizens is considered an objective of welfare policy bringing socio-political and techno-economic advantages. This study contributes to the policy discussions of IL, connecting it with citizen participation. We ask what kind of participation is attached to IL policy and how its relevance is justified. Rhetorical political analysis is applied to the content of Finnish policy documents. The results suggest that – depending on the political
context – IL is linked to citizen participation arguments by advocating citizens’ empowerment and involvement in their own affairs, customer co-creation of public services, citizens’ active involvement in digital society and civic participation. IL policy is justified through the rhetoric of democracy, equality, motivation and interaction. Concurrently, IL is described as promoting social inclusion, joint decision-making, digital participation and citizens’ engagement in socio-political activities. This study enhances the understanding of IL as building participatory politics and society.
Translated title of the contributioninformation literacy as a policy of promoting citizen participation and wellbeing
Original languageFinnish
Pages (from-to)269-297
JournalPolitiikka: Valtiotieteellisen yhdistyksen julkaisu
Volume65
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2023
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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