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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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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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基於可視化研究的學術領域,我們提出對於社會學可視化研究已有的和持續的批評,指出可視化工具的新近發展,對於社會學學者在可視化選擇過程中應有的反思提出建議。作為一個案例研究,我們簡要概述在製作中國宗教場所地圖過程中關於可視化的種種選擇,坦承解釋所遇到的種種挑戰,如何盡力減少視覺偏見,檢討不同可視化方法的優點和侷限,以及如何根據研究問題而選定可視方式。最後,我們提供一個需要考慮因素的清單,或許可以作為社會學學者在地理空間點狀數據的可視化中的參考。

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