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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science

Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series

Edited by Robert Stimson

The chapters in this book provide coverage of the theoretical underpinnings and methodologies that typify research using a Spatially Integrated Social Science (SISS) approach. This insightful Handbook is intended chiefly as a primer for students and budding researchers who wish to investigate social, economic and behavioural phenomena by giving explicit consideration to the roles of space and place. The majority of chapters provide an emphasis on demonstrating applications of methods, tools and techniques that are used in SISS research, including long-established and relatively new approaches.

Chapter 3: Time–space convergence

Donald G. Janelle

Subjects: economics and finance, regional economics, geography, economic geography, environmental geography, human geography, research methods in geography, research methods, research methods in economics, research methods in geography, urban and regional studies, regional economics, research methods in urban and regional studies


Critical spatial thinking, as outlined in Chapter 2, lays a foundation for extended applications and insights for understanding processes of individual behavior and societal development. The need to critically view the use of basic concepts (for example, location, distance, direction, region and scale) and advanced concepts (for example, spatial dependence and spatial heterogeneity) calls into question current practices in education and research for understanding societal trajectories of change. This chapter expands on the interpretation of these spatial concepts in relation to time–space convergence and human extensibility; process constructs that underlie changes in individual human activity patterns and the societal organization of space. These are applicable at local through global scales, can impact social and economic processes at individual through group levels, and may alter the context in which individuals and society perceive problems and their resolutions. The chapter begins with basic definitions and advances to interpretations nuanced by measurement issues and empirical findings. In addition, it considers relationships between convergence and fundamental spatial concepts.

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