Spatial Sociometrics: integration of spatial analysis and sociology studies

Authors: Danlin Yu*, Montclair State University, Yaojun Zhang, School of Social and Population Studies, Renmin University of China
Topics: Social Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Quantitative Methods
Keywords: Geographic Information Science, Spatial Data Analysis, Social Geography
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 4:00 PM / 5:40 PM
Room: Balcony M, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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The studies of geographic information during the past decades have enabled a series of fruitful development in the front of spatial data analysis. Scholars start to realize that spatial effects exist among many daily issues that traditional analysis often ignore. Other than geographers, urban scholars, political scientists, recent trend suggests that scholars in the field of sociology started to pay more attention to spatial analysis. Under such premise, we propose to further integrate spatial data analysis techniques into the core of sociology studies, namely, the study of human behaviors and how they interact with the large societal environment. We further propose the interdisciplinary study field “Spatial Sociometrics” to emphasize the importance of spatial analytical approaches in the study of sociological subjects. Other than a summary of the current spatial analytical approaches, we will also attempt to point out the research direction and pressing issues in the development of Spatial Sociometrics.

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