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Geographical network analysis

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posted on 05.08.2021, 12:32 authored by Justus Uitermark, Michiel Van-Meeteren
As the volume of digital data is growing exponentially and computational methods are advancing rapidly, network analysis is an increasingly important analytical tool to understand social life. This paper revisits the rich history of network analysis in geography and uses insights from that history to review contemporary computational social science. Based on that analysis, we synthesize the distinctive qualities of what we term geographical network analysis. Geographical network analysis presumes that networks are situated, construed through meaning, and reflect power relations. Instead of pursuing parsimonious explanations or universal theories, geographical network analysis strives to understand how uneven networks develop across space and within place through a constant back and forth between abstraction and contextualization. Drawing on the articles in this special issue, this paper illustrates how geographical network analysis can be put to work.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie

Volume

112

Issue

4

Pages

337 - 350

Publisher

Wiley

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Wiley under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

09/04/2021

Publication date

2021-08-04

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0040-747X

eISSN

1467-9663

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Michiel Van Meeteren. Deposit date: 4 August 2021