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The Structure of Space(s)

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Some are called to looking at the world from the spatial perspective of the geographer. Distance powerfully structures many human spaces, and its effects are constantly revised by new technologies. For analytical purposes, both physical and human spaces may be transformed to produce conceptually simplified descriptions of apparently complex processes. Such spatio-temporal processes themselves are shaped by the structure of the underlying spaces. Examples range over behavioural, Shakespearian, air passenger, cross-country skiing and other spaces, and include the effects of spatial structure on the diffusion of influenza, HIV, and a virulent form of rabies. The epidemiological topics point to the educational task of helping others see the geography, as well as the more conventional history, in their own and specialized topics.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University, 316 Walker Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA

Publication date: October 1, 1997


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