Intercultural warrant: deploying cultural warrant ethically

Inkyung Choi

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to discuss deployment of cultural warrant in intercultural environment, aiming to better achieve ethical warrant. Design/methodology/approach: This paper synthesizes research on cultural warrant and classification, and uses examples of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) to illustrate cultural warrant in a case of cross-cultural adaptation of bibliographic classification. Findings: The notion of intercultural warrant was suggested as an operational approach to cultural warrant in the context of intercultural use of Knowledge Organization System (KOS). Research limitations/implications: The research focuses on discussions of cultural warrant in the context of intercultural uses of KOS but lacking diverse examples of KOS and beyond (such as descriptive metadata standards). Originality/value: This paper suggests the development of intercultural warrant as a theoretical view to understand classification systems commonly used worldwide and a path to achieve ethical treatments of cultures in such systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Documentation
StatePublished - Oct 4 2022


  • Classification
  • Cross-cultural adaptation
  • Cross-cultural comparison
  • Cultural warrant
  • DDC
  • Ethical warrant
  • Intercultural warrant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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