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dc.contributor.author Tennis, Joseph T en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-06T17:18:45Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-06T17:18:45Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.identifier.other b54329553 en_US
dc.identifier.other 64208591 en_US
dc.identifier.other Thesis 55048 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773/7181
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 2005. en_US
dc.description.abstract Little is known about the contemporary practice of subject analysis. However, there exists a rich theoretical literature on the interpretation of documents for their subject matter. This dissertation compares ten theoretical oeuvres (works) in order to create a lens for fieldwork. Each of these ten theoretical oeuvres represents a conception of the concept of subject analysis. Further, these conceptions of subject analysis have attributes that may be common or not. This metatheoretical investigation compares and contrasts those attributes across the conceptions, as embodied in these ten oeuvres. Taking a hermeneutic approach to these oeuvres, this dissertation analyzes them by reading them line by line, coding the attributes. These coded attributes then serve as the building blocks for the metatheory of conceptions of subject analysis. The metatheory is made of a Codebook for studying subject analysis the field, a Prototype of subject analysis work, used as a comparison point between the ideal and the observed practice of subject analysis work, and a Critique, that reflects on the theory presented in these ten oeuvres, and which frames the field research questions in terms of components of theoretical research in subject analysis. The dissertation closes with a discussion of the limitations of the study, a conclusion, and an outline of future theoretical and empirical research. en_US
dc.format.extent vii, 180 p. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.subject.other Theses--Information science en_US
dc.title Conceptions of subject analysis: a metatheoretical investigation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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