Beyond space (aswe knew it): Toward temporally integrated geographies of segregation, health, and accessibility

Mei-Po Kwan

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Geographers and scholars in cognate disciplines have long recognized the importance of time and mobility for understanding a wide range of human experiences (e.g., de Certeau 1984; Giddens 1986; Rowe and Wolch 1990; Valentine 1993; Chai et al. 2002; Lefebvre 2004; Cresswell 2006; Urry 2007). Yet many 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. For instance, accessibility still tends to be understood largely in spatial terms (e.g., in terms of the distance or travel cost between facilities and the people they serve). Past research also tends to ignore various facets of time – such as rhythm, duration, and subjective experiences of time — that shape people’s spatiotemporal experiences of marginalization, discrimination, and social isolation (however, see May and Thrift 2001; Valentine 2008; Dijst 2009; McQuoid and Dijst 2012; Merriman 2012; Schwanen and Kwan 2012; Schwanen et al. 2012; Rogaly and Thieme 2012; Valentine and Sadgrove 2012).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace-Time Integration in Geography and GIScience
Subtitle of host publicationResearch Frontiers in the US and China
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789401792059
ISBN (Print)9789401792042
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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