Social/Geographic Implications of 
Information Technologies

New information technologies are helping "re-write" both the geographical configuration of material artifacts (the built environment; the spatial organization of economic activities) but also the ways in which people interact with one another and how identities are constructed. A fair bit of work is underway on the former within geography, but there is relatively little systematic understanding of how the Web, telecommuting, etc. is affecting the relationship between identity and place. Traditional conceptions of boundedness (nation state, neighborhood, home) are being undermined; ideas of separateness/belonging are being reconstituted; and notions of place/space as a container and as belonging are shifting. 

IMPLICATIONS include: 

CORE SCIENCE TO BE PERFORMED

To trace, study and document the nature of the changes that are underway; 

Comparative case studies of these phenomena 
  • across different political/legal and technological contexts 
  • for different kids of communities within common national contexts.
  • DISCIPLINES


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