ERIC Number: ED365498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Redefining Remoteness in the Post Industrial Society.
Remoteness has generally been defined in terms of distance from major urban centers, but research suggests that the correlation between distance and remoteness is not necessarily linear. A more reliable determinant of degree of remoteness may involve the concept of resistance, namely the cost, time, and effort related to travel between centers, reinforced by factors of structural and psychological remoteness. A definition of remoteness in terms of a functional relationship between these parameters logically leads to the view that if underlying societal characteristics were to change, so also would the nature of the functional relationship and the associated definition of remoteness. Such a major societal change is the transition from an industrial to a postindustrial information-based society that is presently occurring. The effect of remoteness in an information society may be the creation of distinct classes of people, with maximum power going to those with the skills and money to access information and for whom this information has relevance. Remoteness in this scenario would mean a new form of disadvantage, and some populations would be doubly disadvantaged due to remoteness in both geographic and information space. Two sets of indicators, ranging from simple to analytical, are proposed for measuring remoteness in geographic and information space. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Australia (Tasmania); Information Age; Isolation (Electronic); Remoteness
Note: In: Rural Education Issues: An Australian Perspective. Key Papers Number 3; see RC 019 452.