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Chapter 1: Innovation Diffusion as Spatial Process (1953): Törsten Hägerstrand
Innovation Diffusion as Spatial Process (1953): Törsten Hägerstrand
The diffusion of innovations – the origin and dissemination of cultural novelties – is an area of study which concerns all sciences dealing with human activity, including, not least of all, cultural and economic geography. (Hägerstrand, 1953: 1)
It is difficult to grasp the importance of Törsten Hägerstrand's key work on innovation diffusion – his doctoral thesis from 1953 – without an appreciation of the historical context in which the work was conceived and prepared and the fact that it was first translated into English by Allan Pred some 14 years after submission. Most notable for setting out theories of spatial diffusion and adoption, Hägerstrand's early research also contains the key ...