An Application of Qualitative Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Field of Urban Sociology Using ATLAS.ti: Uses and Reflections

  • Joan Miquel Verd Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Sergio Porcel Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Keywords: urban space, multi-method design, geographic information systems (GIS), geocoding, georeferencing, ATLAS.ti

Abstract

Geographic information systems (GIS) have been used for many years to integrate social and territorial information in quantitative research, but only recently have they been used in qualitative research. Recent advances have allowed qualitative GIS to be incorporated in the latest versions of computer-aided qualitative data analysis software. This article describes how qualitative GIS integrated in ATLAS.ti were used to perform a recent study of the social production of urban space. It considers the role played by geocoding and georeferencing in this study, and the implications of using qualitative GIS in urban sociology and in sociological research in general.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1202144

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Author Biographies

Joan Miquel Verd, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Joan Miquel VERD is associate professor and researcher at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He is member of the Centre d'Estudis Sociològics sobre la Vida Quotidiana i el Treball (QUIT) and the Institut d'Estudis del Treball (IET). His research interests include sociology of labor, social network analysis, narrative and life-course analysis, and qualitative text analysis in general.

Sergio Porcel, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Sergio PORCEL is researcher at the Institut d'Estudis Regionals i Metropolitans de Barcelona (IERMB). He is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). The research areas that most interest him are the social production of urban space, socio-spatial phenomena, youth transitions and social research methods.

Published
2012-05-31
How to Cite
Verd, J. M., & Porcel, S. (2012). An Application of Qualitative Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Field of Urban Sociology Using ATLAS.ti: Uses and Reflections. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 13(2). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-13.2.1847