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Qualitative GIS

Qualitative GIS
A Mixed Methods Approach

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July 2009 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Geographic Information Systems are an essential tool for analyzing and representing quantitative spatial data. Qualitative GIS explains the recent integration of qualitative research with Geographical Information Systems

With a detailed contextualising introduction, the text is organised in three sections:

Representation: examines how researchers are using GIS to create new types of representations; working with spatial data, maps, and othervisualizations to incorporate multiple meanings and to provide texture and context.

Analysis: discusses the new techniques of analysis that are emerging at the margins between qualitative research and GIS, this in the wider context of a critical review of mixed-methods in geographical research

Theory: questions how knowledge is produced, showing how ideas of 'science' and 'truth' inform research, and demonstrates how qualitative GIS can be used to interrogate discussions of power, community, and social action

Making reference to representation, analysis, and theory throughout, the text shows how to frame questions, collect data, analyze results, and represent findings in a truly integrated way. An important addition to the mixed methods literature, Qualitative GIS will be the standard reference for upper-level students and researchers using qualitative methods and Geographic Information Systems.

Sarah Elwood and Meghan Cope
Introduction: Qualitative GIS: Forging mixed methods through representations, analytical innovations, and conceptual engagements
Marianna Pavlovskaya
Non-quantitative GIS
Nadine Schuurman
Metadata as a site for imbuing GIS with qualitative information
Sarah Elwood
Multiple representations, significations, and epistemologies in community-based GIS
Jon Corbett and Giacomo Rambaldi
Geographic information technologies, local knowledge, and change
LaDona Knigge and Meghan Cope
Grounded Visualization and scale: A recursive analysis of community spaces
Jin-Kyu Jung
Computer-Aided Qualitative GIS: A software-level integration of qualitative research and GIS
Stuart Aitken and Jim Craine
Affective visual geographies and GIScience
Matthew W Wilson
Towards a genealogy of qualitative GIS
Meghan Cope and Sarah Elwood
Conclusion: For Qualitative GIS

This book is a wonderful resource for any researcher who wishes to engage in including geographical data into their research agenda.

The book is packed full of very good articles on the "how to" of conducting geographical research and contains a wide variety of tips for analyzing GIS data.

I am on sabbatical next year but would definitely like to consider this book for adoption in my qualitative course the following year!

Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Sociology Dept, Boston College
April 23, 2010

Great that a handy text on this emerging yet still dynamic area of GIS is now available. Students will benefit from the synthesis it provides.

Geography , Dundee University
January 8, 2010

The book is the first collection of papers about qualitative GIS. While there are several special issues of journals and some papers that are spread across the literature, it is very useful to have one source that can be used as a starting point. As there are more and more students who are interested in integration of text, images and video with GIS, this book is helpful for postgraduate students.

Dr Muki Haklay
Geography , University College London
November 12, 2009

It is about the only book dealing with this topic! The papers selected for this book are relevant for some discussions in my seminar class.

Professor Gaurav Sinha
Geography Dept, Ohio University
October 28, 2009

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