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social space

  Space as it is perceived and used by social groups. (Space as perceived and used by individuals is usually termed personal space.) As introduced by Buttimer (1969), the term closely approximated the definitions of both community and natural area: a portion of an urban residential mosaic occupied by a homogeneous group whose members are identifiable not only by their socio-economic and demographic characteristics but also by their shared values and attitudes, leading to common behaviour patterns. Such spaces are defined and given meaning by the group, however, and so are not readily identified from quantitative indicators alone, such as those used in social area analyses. (See territoriality; territory.) (RJJ)

Reference Buttimer, A. 1969: Social space in interdisciplinary perspective. Geographical Review 59: 417-26.



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