Seeking common ground : Coffee shops as information grounds in the context of conflict

Rohman, A and Pang, N 2015, 'Seeking common ground : Coffee shops as information grounds in the context of conflict', in Proceedings of the 78th the Association of Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting (ASIS&T 2015), St Louise, United States, 6-10 November 2015, pp. 1-10.


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Title Seeking common ground : Coffee shops as information grounds in the context of conflict
Author(s) Rohman, A
Pang, N
Year 2015
Conference name ASIS&T 2015: Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community
Conference location St Louise, United States
Conference dates 6-10 November 2015
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 78th the Association of Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting (ASIS&T 2015)
Publisher American Society for Information Science Silver Springs
Place of publication St Louise, United States
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Abstract Using coffee shops as information grounds in the context of Christians and Muslim violent conflicts in Indonesia, this paper explores and explicates the emergence of information grounds in the context of conflicts. In a polarized society, coffee shops are constructed as a venue for social reliefs and rituals. They function as social magnets, attracting conflicting actors to put off their differences in lieu of community building. As information grounds, coffee shops allow human actors to cultivate trust and develop networked individuals. Individuals capabilities are connected within the communitarian spectrum. Diverse information is shared and exchanged but searching for a common ground is the main goal. As information grounds, the coffee shops reported in this paper are spaces where social capital flourish and increase in value with greater levels of trust. Through the discussion, we posit information grounds as spaces for conflict transformation.
Subjects Communication Studies
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