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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

Critical GIS
Critical gis

Critical GIS is sometimes explained as the body of work that emerged in response to the GIS and Society critiques of the mid-1990s. While this framing of the field obscures a number of other lines of theory and practice that are also significant, there is a strong and contingent relationship between the GIS and society critiques and critical GIS. Ground Truth, a special issue of Cartography and GIS, and other critiques of GIS in the 1990s created a series of fractures in the practices surrounding and permeating GIS, as this handbook demonstrates. On the heels of these debates, GIS could no longer be (responsibly) viewed as a series of tools developed and implemented in a vacuum. Instead, this specific interplay of science ...

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