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Communications Geography

  • By: Darren Purcell
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Communications geography is a nascent subdiscipline of human geography exploring the relationships between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and human conceptions of space and place. Historically, the unifying theme through much of the research was the movement of information and the physical geography of the networks making such a movement possible. More recent scholarship has focused on the socially constructed nature of technology, which engages the role of social processes in the creation and use of new technologies. This shift has resulted in research focused on issues such as the global digital divide (gaps in access to ICTs that are along class and ethnic lines), the use of ICTs to achieve political and economic development goals, and the facilitation of community formation at multiple ...

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