Geographical Sociology

Theoretical Foundations and Methodological Applications in the Sociology of Location

  • Jeremy R. Porter
  • Frank M. Howell

Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 105)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jeremy R. Porter, Frank M. Howell
    Pages 1-9
  3. The Sociology of Location: Theoretical Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Jeremy R. Porter, Frank M. Howell
      Pages 13-23
    3. Jeremy R. Porter, Frank M. Howell
      Pages 35-51
    4. Jeremy R. Porter, Frank M. Howell
      Pages 53-63
  4. Spatial Context in Social Research: Methodological Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Jeremy R. Porter, Frank M. Howell
      Pages 67-82
    3. Jeremy R. Porter, Frank M. Howell
      Pages 83-96
    4. Jeremy R. Porter, Frank M. Howell
      Pages 97-107
    5. Jeremy R. Porter, Frank M. Howell
      Pages 109-113
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 115-126

About this book


The discipline of Sociology has a rich history of including spatial context in the analysis of social issues.  Much of this history has revolved around the development and application of spatial theory aimed at understanding the geographic distribution of social problems, the organization of communities, and the relationship between society and the environment.  More recently, the social sciences have seen a large number of technological innovations that now make it possible to place social behaviour in spatial context.  Consequently, because of the historical disjuncture in the development of spatial theory and the recent development of relevant methodological tools, the relationship between materials describing both the methodological approaches and their theoretical importance a scattered throughout various books and articles.  Geographical Sociology consolidates these materials into a single accessible source in which spatial concepts such as containment, proximity, adjacency, and others are examined in relation to such methodological tools as hierarchical linear models, point pattern analysis, and spatial regression.  As these methods continue to increase in popularity among social scientists the ability to more generally understand societies relationship to geographic space will continue to increase in it importance in the field.  This book represents a starting point to linking these concepts to practice and is presented in an accessible form in which students, researchers, and educators can all learn, and in turn, contribute to its development.


ALM approach Amos Hawley August Loch Chicago School Christaller's central place theory Durkheim GIS terminology Galpin's spatial focus on rural communities Geo-Sociology Geo-Sociology Geographical sociology History of Sociology History of Sociology Human ecology Linking survey data to GIS Los Angeles school of Urbanism Robert Park Social behaviour in spatial context Sociology of Sociology Sociology of location Spatial Regression and Spatial Clustering Spatial Sociology Spatial Sociology Spatial thinking in sociology Von Thunnen's Zonal model Wisconsin and Chicago School

Authors and affiliations

  • Jeremy R. Porter
    • 1
  • Frank M. Howell
    • 2
  1. 1., Brooklyn College & Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.BrandonUSA

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