Focus on Research Methods
Sociospatial knowledge networks: Appraising community as place†
Version of Record online: 14 MAR 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 25, Issue 2, pages 159–170, April 2002
How to Cite
Skelly, A. H., Arcury, T. A., Gesler, W. M., Cravey, A. J., Dougherty, M. C., Washburn, S. A. and Nash, S. (2002), Sociospatial knowledge networks: Appraising community as place. Res. Nurs. Health, 25: 159–170. doi: 10.1002/nur.10024
The authors thank Dr. Margarete Sandelowski for her helpful critiques of this article and her encouragement of its preparation.
- Issue online: 14 MAR 2002
- Version of Record online: 14 MAR 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 NOV 2001
- Manuscript Received: 16 OCT 2000
- knowledge networks;
This article introduces a new theory of geographical analysis, sociospatial knowledge networks, for examining and understanding the spatial aspects of health knowledge (i.e., exactly where health beliefs and knowledge coincide with other support in the community). We present an overview of the theory of sociospatial knowledge networks and an example of how it is being used to guide an ongoing ethnographic study of health beliefs, knowledge, and knowledge networks in a rural community of African Americans, Latinos, and European Americans at high risk for, but not diagnosed with, type 2 diabetes mellitus. We believe that the geographical approach to understanding health beliefs and knowledge and how people acquire health information presented here is one that could serve other communities and community health practitioners working to improve chronic disease outcomes in diverse local environments. © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 25:159–170, 2002