Module 53: Challenging geographic information science perspectives of community structure and boundaries

Faculty Contact: Alan Murray

Research Areas:

Abstract:

Geography (and GIS data) often gives a false impression that boundaries are fixed, but from a social perspective, they are continually created, reinforced, and changing through interactions. Obviously there are some boundaries that are physical and nearly impermeable. There are strict quantitative analyses that need clear geographic delineations; but there may be communication/interaction networks, manifested through communication and travel infrastructure, that transcend physical boundaries. How do we conceptualize community boundaries in this way? How can networks help?

Geography and organizational communication offer an opportunity to reconcile this paradox, as both communication and travel activity can be represented in network forms.

 

Active Quarters:

  • Winter 2019: Su Burtner