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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 261
Title: Scaling Down: Social and Economic Processes over time at a Local Scale in the US
Lead Author: Kasakoff, Alice Bee
Abstract: Many have been hailing the advent of the spatial turn in the social sciences, but, for the most part, the materials are not available to take advantage of this in the US before 1980. Students of long term demographic, economic, ecological and social change in the US have been forced to work at the county level because that is the level for which the census has published the majority of its statistics for the 19th and early 20th centuries. I propose an enlargement of the National Historical GIS to include all years for which the census is available keyed to maps that locate the minor civil divisions and their changes over time. Because the year 1880 is available as a full count, and 1850 soon will be, investigators will be able to work at a smaller spatial scale, group the smaller units together into more meaningful spatial units, and even study variables that were not reported before. With the accompanying maps, they could investigate long term processes at the appropriate scales and show how changes over time have affected the scale at which these processes occur.
PDF: Kasakoff_Alice_261.pdf

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