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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

Natural Resource Conflicts, Their Management, and GIS Applications
Natural resource conflicts, their management, and gis applications
The Need for GIS in Mediation

The need to develop strategies for resolving conflicts over natural resource use and management has arguably never been greater than today. Land-use conflicts and attendant disputes threaten resource institutions in communities throughout the world. Competition among individuals and groups for the use of local resources has made the resource management process very contentious and complex. As a result, resource managers are expected to widen the range of interests they consider before resource policy decisions are made. Global demands for the protection of the local environment also compel the managers to integrate more of the factors that bear on the uses and abuses of ecological systems ...

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