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Mapping Religious Sites in China: A Research Note

繪製中國宗教場所地圖: 一個研究筆記

In: Review of Religion and Chinese Society
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Jackie Henke Senior Analyst, Judicial Council of California San Francisco, CA USA

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Fenggang Yang (楊鳳崗) Center on Religion and the Global East, Purdue University West Lafayette, IN USA

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Abstract

Drawing from visual studies scholarship, we highlight current and persistent critiques of sociological visualization, note recent developments in visualization tools for sociologists, and propose how sociologists can be reflective about their visualization choices. As a case study, we outline the visualization development and selection process in our project of mapping Chinese religious venues. We explain the visualization challenges we faced, the visual biases we hoped to manage, the strengths and limitations of various visualization methods we identified, and how we selected visualizations for varying research queries. In addition, we provide a list of considerations for fellow sociologists working to visualize geospatial point data.

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