DJing as serious leisure and a higher thing; characteristics of the information behaviour of creative DJs

Munro, Keith and Ruthven, Ian and Innocenti, Perla (2022) DJing as serious leisure and a higher thing; characteristics of the information behaviour of creative DJs. Brio: Journal of the UK Branch of the International Association of Music Libraries. ISSN 0007-0173 (In Press)

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Abstract

This article will seek to illuminate the world of DJing from the perspective of an information behaviour study, an activity underrepresented in this field, by studying its relationship to two key concepts from information science; serious leisure (Stebbins, 2009) and higher things (Kari and Hartel, 2007). Our qualitative fieldwork investigates the information behaviour characteristics associated with DJing, and seeks to situate the activity within the concepts of serious leisure and higher things. Results are based on twelve semi-structured online interviews with practiscing creative DJs in Scotland, UK which leads to a definition of DJ’s as an occupational devotee within the concept of serious leisure and identifies examples of the joy and profundity of the activity, indicative of it being a higher thing.

ORCID iDs

Munro, Keith, Ruthven, Ian ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6669-5376 and Innocenti, Perla ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1664-309X;