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Over the past twenty years research on the evolving relationship between GIS and Society has been expanding into a wide variety of topical areas, becoming in the process an increasingly challenging and multifaced endeavor. The SAGE Handbook of GIS and Society is a retrospective and prospective overview of GIS and Society research that provides an expansive and critical assessment of work in that field. Emphasizing the theoretical, methodological and substantive diversity within GIS and Society research, the book highlights the distinctiveness and intellectual coherence of the subject as a field of study, while also examining its resonances with and between key themes, and among disciplines ranging from geography and computer science to sociology, anthropology, and the health and environmental sciences. Comprising 27 chapters, often with an international focus, the book is organized into six sections: Foundations of Geographic Information and Society; Geographic Information and Modern Life; Alternative Representations of Geographic Information and Society; Organizations and Institutions; Participation and Community Issues; Value, Fairness, and Privacy

Geographic Information Systems and Society: A Twenty Year Research Perspective
Geographic information systems and society: A twenty year research perspective
GIS and Society Research within the Broader Context

‘Society’, in the general sense of the term, means ‘a community, nation, or broad grouping of people having common traditions, institutions, and collective activities and interests, or more specifically an enduring and cooperating social group whose members have developed organized patterns of relationships through interaction with one another’ (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, online edition); a heady concept indeed! So what does ‘society’ have to do with a technology such as geographic information systems (GIS), and what kinds of research linking these two notions does the title of this chapter imply? The 27 chapters in this book address many facets of those ...

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