Historical Social Research

Current Issue: Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities

HSR Vol. 39 (2014) No. 2:
Special Issue: Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Cornelia Thierbach, Anna Laura Raschke, Linda Hering & Nina Baur (Eds.): Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Towards Integrating Qualitative, Quantitative and Cartographic Approaches

Due to the Spatial Turn, research on space and spatiality has increased in all humanities and social sciences. Although there have been many theoretical debates and empirical studies within the above fields of research about the meaning and relevance of space, the debate is to this day surprisingly unintegrated as debates remain fixed within their respective fields. Interdisciplinary discussion is still the exception and so far has not resulted in a common cohesive analytical framework. Even more startling is that despite the long history and large quantity of empirical studies using space and spatial concepts as an analytical category, there is no systematic debate on methodology and methods of spatial analysis. This is even more surprising as there is a broad and thorough knowledge on many methodological problems concerning spatial analysis in various disciplines and subfields of these disciplines.

This HSR Special Issue thus aims at starting a debate on integrating the methodological debate on spatial analysis in various humanities and social sciences, bridging the gaps between different research fields like geography, cartography and geo-information sciences, cross-cultural survey research, sociology, architecture and urban planning, literature and philosophy. The contributions in this issue address questions such as: Which qualitative and/or quantitative methods are best suited for which kind of theoretical problems? Which sampling strategies are appropriate for spatial problems? What are the specific data requirements for spatial analysis, and how can these data be collected? Which strategies of data analysis are appropriate for spatial analysis?

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39.2 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

39.2 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

Special Issue: Spatial Analysis
  • Nina Baur, Linda Hering, Anna Laura Raschke & Cornelia Thierbach Theory and Methods in Spatial Analysis. Towards Integrating Qualitative, Quantitative and Cartographic Approaches in the Social Sciences and Humanities. [Abstract]
  • Sebastian Scholl, Matthias Lahr-Kurten & Marc Redepenning: Considering the Role of Presence and Absence in Space Constructions. Ethnography as Methodology in Human Geography. [Abstract]
  • Jannecke Rauscher: Grasping Cities through Literary Representations. A Mix of Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Analyze Crime Novels. [Abstract]
  • Petra Gehring & Andreas Großmann: Constructing Discursive Differences. Towards a "Logic" of Cities. [Abstract]
  • Grégoire Mallard: Studying Tensions between Imaginary Spaces and Concrete Places: The Method of Paired Biographies Applied to Scientists' Laboratory Lives. [Abstract]
  • Cornelia Thierbach & Alexandra Lorenz: Exploring the Orientation in Space. Mixing Focused Ethnography and Surveys in Social Experiment. [Abstract]
  • Sabina Reh & Robert Temel: Observing the Doings of Built Spaces. Attempts of an Ethnography of Materiality. [Abstract]
  • Eva-Christina Edinger: Examining Space Perceptions. Combining Visual and Verbal Data with Reactive and Non-Reactive Methods in Studies of the Elderly and Library Users. [Abstract]
  • Bettina Lelong: Grasping Micro-Macro-Interactions in Urban Development Politics: A Multidimensional Network Approach to Collective Action. [Abstract]
  • Grabriela B. Christmann: Investigating Spatial Transformation Processes. An Ethnographic Discourse Analysis in Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods. [Abstract]
  • Nina Baur: Comparing Societies and Cultures. Challenges of Cross-Cultural Survey Research as an Approach to Spatial Analysis. [Abstract]
  • Vojtěch Nosek & Pavlína Netrdová: Measuring Spatial Aspects of Variability. Comparing Spatial Autocorrelation with Regional Decomposition in International Unemployment Research. [Abstract]
  • Anjanette M. Chan-Tack: The Case for Spatially-Sensitive Data. How Data Structures Affect Spatial Measurement and Substantive Theory. [Abstract]

39.1 - Historical Research on Cultural Life Scripts

HSR Vol. 39 (2014) No. 1:
Focus I: Historical Research on Cultural Life Scripts

Onno Boonstra, Hilde Bras & Marjet Derks (Eds.): Historical Research on Cultural Life Scripts. An Exploration of Opportunities and Future Prospects

People live their lives guided by a cultural life script: a set of images and assumptions based on dominant representations of an idealized life that are shared with others in the community. Cultural life scripts provide a conceptual link between individual and society. They are not fixed but change in the face of new ideas and in response to changing social en economic structures and conditions. For that reason, research based on cultural life scripts is a challenge for cultural historians, social historians and historical demographers.

This HSR Focus contains seven contributions of the Nijmegen based research group Self, Script and Society. They have been selected to show the wide variety of research possibilities of cultural life scripts within the domain of historical research and to place cultural life scripts more firmly on the future agenda of historians.

Focus II: Global Protest against Nuclear Power

Astrid Mignon Kirchhof & Jan-Henrik Meyer (Eds.): Global Protest against Nuclear Power. Transfer and Transnational Exchange in the 1970s and 1980s

Protest against nuclear power plants, uranium mining and nuclear testing was a major mobilizing force in the rise of mass environmental movements in the 1970s and 1980s around the globe. Nevertheless, the historiography of anti-nuclear protest remains largely limited to national stories about heroic conflict and the rise of movements. The contributions to this focus issue explore the so far under-researched transnational dimension of the conflict in a global perspective. They make visible for the first time relevant transfers of scientific knowledge and protest practices as well as transnational exchange between activists and experts from Western Europe, the United States and Australia. Rather than taking transnational interaction for granted, the authors explore the conditions facilitating and hampering the transfer of ideas. They analyse why only certain activists were committed and able to cross borders, as well as the obstacles they were facing. Thus, this focus issue contributes to current academic debates in environmental history, the history of social movements as well as global and transnational history.

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39.1 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

39.1 - Table of Contents & Abstracts

Focus I: Cultural Life Scripts
  • Onno Boonstra, Hilde Bras & Marjet Derks: Historical Research on Cultural Life Scripts. An Exploration of Opportunities and Future Prospects. [Abstract]
  • Angélique Janssens & Ben Pelzer: Lovely Little Angels in Heaven? The Influence of Religiously Determined Cultural Life Scripts on Infant Survival in the Netherlands, 1880-1920. [Abstract]
  • Peter Rietbergen: Cardinal Prime Ministers, ca. 1450 - ca. 1750: Careers between Personal Choices and Cultural Life Scripts. [Abstract]
  • Hilde Bras:The Influence of Popular Beliefs about Childbirth on Fertility Patterns in Mid-Twentieth-Century Netherlands. [Abstract]
  • Theo Engelen: Life Scripts and Life Realities: Women in Nineteenth-Century Nijmegen. [Abstract]
  • Jan Kok: “At age 27, she gets furious”. Scripts on Marriage and Life Course Variation in The Netherlands, 1850-1970. [Abstract]
  • Onno Boonstra: The Multidimensionality of Cultural Life Scripts: Results from a 1970s Survey. [Abstract]
  • Marjet Derks: Sportlife. Medals, Media and Life Courses of Female Dutch Olympic Champions, 1928-1940. [Abstract]
Focus II: Global Protest against Nuclear Power
  • Astrid Mignon Kirchhof & Jan-Henrik Meyer: Global Protest against Nuclear Power. Transfer and Transnational Exchange in the 1970s and 1980s. [Abstract]
  • Stephen Milder: Between Grassroots Activism and Transnational Aspirations: Anti-Nuclear Protest from the Rhine Valley to the Bundestag, 1974-1983[Abstract]
  • Jan-Henrik Meyer: “Where do we go from Wyhl?” Transnational Anti-Nuclear Protest targeting European and Inter-national Organizations in the 1970s[Abstract]
  • Michael L. Hughes: Civil Disobedience in Transnational Perspective: American and West German Anti-Nuclear-Power Protesters, 1975-1982[Abstract]
  • Astrid Mignon Kirchhof: Spanning the Globe: West-German Support for the Australian Anti-Nuclear Movement[Abstract]
Mixed Issue
  • Nils Freytag, Angelika Epple, Andreas Frings, Dieter Langewiesche & Thomas Welskopp: Mehrfachbesprechung Doris Gerber: Analytische Metaphysik der Geschichte. Handlungen, Geschichten und ihre Erklärung, Frankfurt/M. 2012. [Abstract]
  • Reinhard Messerschmidt: “Garbled demography” or “Demographization of the social”? – A Foucaultian Discourse Analysis of German Demographic Change at the Beginning of the 21st Century[Abstract]
  • Philip O'Regan & Brendan Halpin: Class, Status and the Stratification of Residential Preferences amongst Accountants[Abstract]