Domestic migrant workers in Israel: The strength of weak ties

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This paper presents an ongoing exploratory study examining the role that weak ties play in the information behaviour of domestic migrant workers living in Israel. Weak ties are social acquaintances that provide varied information and social support. The study used the narrative inquiry 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 described 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 functions: extending access to information, fostering social interactions with dissimilar others, facilitating low-risk discussion of high-risk topics, and fostering a sense of belonging.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming Digital Worlds - 13th International Conference, iConference 2018, Proceedings
EditorsGobinda Chowdhury, Julie McLeod, Val Gillet, Peter Willett
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319781044
StatePublished - 2018
Event13th International Conference on Transforming Digital Worlds, iConference 2018 - Sheffield, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Mar 201828 Mar 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10766 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference13th International Conference on Transforming Digital Worlds, iConference 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018.


  • Information seeking
  • Information sources
  • Migrant workers
  • Migration
  • Weak ties


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