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Digital Turn, Digital Geographies?

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In this paper, we examine the relationship between the digital and geography. Our analysis provides an overview of the rich scholarship that has examined: (1) geographies of the digital, (2) geographies produced by the digital, and (3) geographies produced through the digital. Using this material we reflect on two questions: has there been a digital turn in geography? and, would it be productive to delimit ‘digital geography’ as a field of study within the discipline, as has recently occurred with the attempt to establish ‘digital anthropology’ and ‘digital sociology’? We argue that while there has been a digital turn across geographical sub-disciplines, the digital is now so pervasive in mediating the production of space and in producing geographic knowledge that it makes little sense to delimit digital geography as a distinct field. Instead, we believe it is more productive to think about how the digital reshapes many geographies.

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Author(s): Ash J, Kitchin R, Leszczynski A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Progress in Human Geography

Year: 2018

Volume: 42

Issue: 1

Pages: 25-43

Print publication date: 01/02/2018

Online publication date: 24/08/2016

Acceptance date: 24/07/2016

Date deposited: 25/05/2017

ISSN (print): 0309-1325

ISSN (electronic): 1477-0288

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/0309132516664800


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Rob Kitchin’s contribution to this paper was supported by a European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award, ‘The Programmable City’ (ERC-2012-AdG-323636).