(noun) The process by which an individual or group controls access to goods and services but particularly to information and people with power.
- Administrative assistants limiting who speaks with decision-makers.
- Restricting access to information such as news by controlling who sees it and what is covered by an editor or government.
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- Plural: gatekeepings
- Gatekeepers are common in hierarchies such as bureaucracies, and their power is often greater than their formally recognized authority.
- In qualitative research, particularly ethnographic research, a (noun) gatekeeper (also called key informant) helps facilitate access to a group of people or a locale.
- Gibbs, Patty, and Eleanor H. Blakely. 2000. Gatekeeping in BSW Programs. New York: Columbia University Press.
- Shoemaker, Pamela J., and Tim P. Vos. 2009. Gatekeeping Theory. New York: Routledge.
- Simon, Rita J., and James J. Fyfe. 1994. Editors as Gatekeepers: Getting Published in the Social Sciences. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Do You Speak American? – Gatekeeping: pbs.org