Beyond Space (As We Knew It): Toward Temporally Integrated Geographies of Segregation, Health, and Accessibility: Space-Time Integration in Geography and GIScience

Mei Po Kwan

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Abstract

Many fundamental notions in geographic and social science research still tend to be conceptualized largely in static spatial terms, ignoring how our understanding of the issues we study can be greatly enriched through the lenses of time and human mobility. This article revisits three such notions: racial segregation, environmental exposure, and accessibility. It argues for the need to expand our analytical focus from static residential spaces to other relevant places and times in people's everyday lives. Mobility is an essential element of people's spatiotemporal experiences, and these complex experiences cannot be fully understood by just looking at where people live. As many social scientists are interested in studying segregation, environmental exposure, and accessibility, geographers can contribute to advancing temporally integrated analysis of these issues through careful examination of people's everyday experiences as their lives unfold in space and time. Interdisciplinary research along this line could have a broad impact on many disciplines beyond geography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1078-1086
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of the Association of American Geographers
Volume103
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • accessibility
  • environmental health
  • exposure assessment
  • mobility
  • segregation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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