社会地理计算的理论逻辑与研究范式及展望

Translated title of the contribution: Rethinking the theoretical genesis, research paradigm and research agenda of Geo-computational Social Sciences

Shiliang Su, Zhuolun Wang, Shenjing He, Yang Xu, Yimin Chen, Tian Lan

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Abstract

The geo-computational social sciences (GSS) has emerged as a new frontier in the interdisciplinary fields. However, the GSS has somehow trapped into a predicament as the field evolves, due to many fundamental theoretical issues remaining unsettled, such as the underlying theoretical legitimacy, conceptual domains, and research paradigm. Aiming to rectify these fundamental flaws, this paper first traces the evolving and intersecting trajectories of sociology, geography and geographical information science and focuses on the spatial turn and ideological trend of computationalism, based on which the theoretical legitimacy of GSS is defended. Second, we crystalize its conceptual domains with reference to Deleuze's conceptualization of Rhizome and further unfold the conceptual domains from two perspectives. Third, in reference to Kuhn's paradigm framework, we clarify the research paradigm of GSS through a systematic theoretical deduction from three aspects, i.e., epistemology, ontology and methodology. Finally, we propose the research agenda for GSS against China's context in the post-pandemic era to advance the theoretical innovations and applications of modern geography.

Translated title of the contributionRethinking the theoretical genesis, research paradigm and research agenda of Geo-computational Social Sciences
Original languageChinese (Simplified)
Pages (from-to)187-205
Number of pages19
JournalDili Xuebao/Acta Geographica Sinica
Volume79
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024

Keywords

  • computationalism
  • geo-computational social sciences
  • geographical information science
  • research paradigm
  • sociology
  • spatial turn
  • theoretical legitimacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences

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