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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

GIS and Society Research: Reflections and Emerging Themes
Gis and society research: Reflections and emerging themes
Introduction

When the first geographic information system (GIS) appeared in the 1960s as a program for plugging map coordinates into a computer, few would have thought that at some point in the not too distant future a Handbook of GIS and Society Research would become necessary. The chapters in this handbook reflect the inroads that GIS has made into most aspects of society in industrialized nations, and also increasingly in the developing world. GIS applications deriving from years of research are now part of everyday life. They are fully integrated in the workings of a wide range of organizations and institutions, and they facilitate public participation in community affairs even in ...

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