Social Science Computer Review Book Review Volume 25 Number 2 Summer 2007 283–284 © 2007 Sage Publications Wang, F. (Ed.). (2005). Geographic Information Systems and Crime 10.1177/0894439307298933 http://ssc.sagepub.com Analysis. Hershey, PA: Idea Group. (345 pp., $69.95 paperback) hosted at DOI: 10.1177/0894439307298933 http://online.sagepub.com A geographer at Northern Illinois University, Fahui Wang has assembled a diverse and informa- tive set of papers dealing with the interface between GIS and crime analysis. The latter has seen explosive growth over the last decade or so, with analytical mapping coming to the fore in virtually all large police departments and many smaller ones—and not only in the United States but also in many other parts of the world. A mini-revolution has occurred within a macro one. If the advent of GIS was itself a paradigm shift with an impact comparable to that of the introduction of quantitative methods in geography in the 1960s, then the shift from desktop mapping—a basic cartographic representation of data—to a more analytical approach has yielded rich new insights with the promise of more to come. It is against this backdrop that Wang’s collection of essays emerges. It should be noted parenthetically that crime analysis means different things to different
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Published: May 1, 2007
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