Recapturing Space: New Middle-Range Theory in Spatial Demography

  • Frank M. Howell
  • Jeremy R. Porter
  • Stephen A. Matthews

Part of the Spatial Demography Book Series book series (SPDE, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Frank M. Howell, Jeremy R. Porter, Stephen A. Matthews
    Pages 1-8
  3. Theory, Concepts, and Measures

  4. Research Practice in Spatial Demography

  5. Middle Range Theory in Application

  6. Instruction in Spatial Demography and Concluding Remarks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 353-353
    2. Stephen A. Matthews
      Pages 355-369
    3. Frank M. Howell, Jeremy R. Porter, Stephen A. Matthews
      Pages 371-379

About this book


With a unique focus on middle-range theory, this book details the application of spatial analysis to demographic research as a way of integrating and better understanding the different transitional components of the overall demographic transition.  

This book first details key concepts and measures in modern spatial demography and shows how they can be applied to middle-range theory to better understand people, places, communities and relationships throughout the world. Next, it shows middle-range theory in practice, from using spatial data as a proxy for social science statistics to examining the effect of "fracking” in Pennsylvania on the formation of new coalitions among environmental advocacy organizations. The book also traces future developments and offers some potential solutions to promoting and facilitating instruction in spatial demography.  

This volume is an ideal resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in courses involving spatial analyses in the social sciences, from sociology and political science to economics and educational research. In addition, scholars and others interested in the role that geographic context plays in relation to their research will find this book a helpful guide in further developing their work.​


Emergence of new data and methods lagged behind Expansion of geospatial data Serious shortcoming for the field of spatial demography Spatialized theory in demography and the social sciences Statistical methods for analyzing data Visualization technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Frank M. Howell
    • 1
  • Jeremy R. Porter
    • 2
  • Stephen A. Matthews
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SociologyMississippi State UniversityRidgelandUSA
  2. 2.Brooklyn College and Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkBrooklynUSA
  3. 3.Department of Sociology & Department of AnthropologyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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