(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1984)

Document title

A new approach for the geographical study of settlement morphology for rural settings

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)



This paper is concerned with an approach for studying rural settlement morphology in frontier or permanently occupied areas. A thorough consideration of periodic rural dwelling distribution is provided with the approach since it requires a disaggregation of the settlement components. The paper considers the rationale for and the procedure of disaggregating the period rural settlement distributions. Rural dwelling accessibility to trade-service centers over a 37-year period is analyzed in southwestern Oklahoma, USA. Nearest neighbor and quadrat analyses are used for describing settlement morphologies that, with time, exhibited clustering tendencies. Dwellings comprising the contemporary settlement occupied sites that indicated rural inhabitants preferred being close to the trade-service centers. If they lived away from these nodes, their homes were adjacent to or nearby major roads.


Article of periodic

published at : Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie Rotterdam

Editor :

Millesime : 1984, vol. 75, no4 [pp. 263-272]

Bibliographic references : 17 réf.



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