How do you capture affective mental imagery (geographies of fear)?
How do you assess the spatial goodness of fit between mental maps of fear and objective spatial reality?
How do you detect the role of the communication infrastructure in constructing spatial images of fear?
Measuring communicative construction of space and fear
Multilingual Telephone Surveys 1812 Households LA 801 Lexington 699 Brasov Communication Behavior Media Connections Belonging Index Avoidance/Desirability Demographics LA Focus Groups Community Issues Brasov/Lexington mail-out Sociospatial Mapping Of fear/Comfort RESEARCH DESIGN
Paper and pencil map Mental mapping Methodology
Westside Sample COLOR KEY Feared Unknown Cautious Comfortable Affective Maps of Los Angeles example
COLOR KEY Very feared = -2 Feared =- 1 Unknown = 0 Cautious = 1 Comfortable = 2 ArcView Map digitization 1 -1 2 0 Constructing a mental map Note: Lexington & Brasov, added one color to balance scale Average the maps using their similar pixel structure