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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

Participatory Approaches in GIS and Society Research: Foundations, Practices, and Future Directions
Participatory approaches in gis and society research: Foundations, practices, and future directions
Introduction

Geographers and other social scientists have studied cartography and GIS as social and political processes for many years, but the late 1980s and early 1990s saw a surge of interest in how social, political, and economic power are negotiated in and through GIS and cartography (Harley, 1988; Harley, 1989; Pickles, 1991; Wood, 1992; Abler, 1993; Lake, 1993; Sheppard, 1993). These efforts to understand the social production and impacts of GIS later coalesced into the GIS and society research agenda. A central concern in these early discussions was differential access to resources and tools for using GIS, and the potential for disenfranchisement in ...

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