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Critical GIS refers to the subfield of geographic information science that seeks to address the social and political implications of the development and use of GIS. Important issues examined in critical GIS research include ontology, epistemology, representation, power, social justice, human rights to privacy, and ethical problems in the mapping of a variety of phenomena. Critical GIS also calls into question the process of knowledge production using GIS. It can be considered as an endeavor that integrates elements of critical social theory and geographic information science.

What is the Meaning of Critical?

The term critical has specific meaning in the context of critical GIS and contemporary geography. It was first used to refer to the critical theory developed by the Frankfurt school of social theorists (e.g., Theodor ...

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