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Toward Spatially Integrated Social Science


  • Michael F. Goodchild

    (Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara,

  • Luc Anselin

    (Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

  • Richard P. Appelbaum

    (Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara,

  • Barbara Herr Harthorn

    (Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara,


This article outlines the motivation for a spatial approach as a novel focus for cross-disciplinary interaction and research in the social and behavioral sciences. The authors review the emerging interest in space and place in the recent social science literature and develop a vision for a spatially integrated social science. This vision provides the conceptual basis for a program of six activities designed to promote a spatial perspective: learning resources, workshops, best-practice examples, place-based search, software tools, and a virtual community. The six programs will be informed by advances in the methods, technologies, and principles underlying spatial information science.

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  • Michael F. Goodchild & Luc Anselin & Richard P. Appelbaum & Barbara Herr Harthorn, 2000. "Toward Spatially Integrated Social Science," International Regional Science Review, , vol. 23(2), pages 139-159, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:inrsre:v:23:y:2000:i:2:p:139-159

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