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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

Politics and Power in Participation and GIS Use for Community Decision Making
Politics and power in participation and gis use for community decision making
Introduction

The use of spatial data and GIS is essential to urban planning and policy formation activities, as spatial knowledge production is effective in facilitating the administration of urban government. Today GIS is commonly used in a wide range of planning tasks in federal, state, and local planning agencies. Such use of spatial data and GIS has been difficult for inner-city neighborhood-based community organizations, who are important participants in urban governance. These community organizations tend to be more decentralized and more fragile in financial and staffing support when compared to larger non-profit organizations and public/private sector agencies (Sieber, 2000). Their resource-poor conditions make ...

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