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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

Geovisualization of Spatial Equity
Geovisualization of spatial equity

Geovisualization of spatial equity is of key importance because it communicates a fundamental concept in relatively straightforward, easily recognized terms: who has access to things and who does not. To the degree that people can relate access to goods, services, and environmental hazards in a spatial (mapped) way, geovisualization quickly reveals the implications of the varying patterns of distribution found to exist across the urban landscape. One can visualize quite readily whether poor people are living near environmental hazards, or whether people of a particular class or race seem to have a higher number of public goods in their neighborhoods. The power of visualization, as revealed in the work and writings of Edward Tufte (1983, 1997), can be ...

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