Masters Thesis

An electoral geographic study of Fresno County, California.

Electoral geography is that division of political geography which studies the geographical distributions of voting behavior. In spite of the availability of voting data and the fact that many guantitative geographic methods are quite applicable to these data, the field of electoral geography has been neglected by geographers until fairly recently, since 1960. Furthermore, the research in this field conducted thus far has tended to emphasize certain topics in electoral geography to the near exclusion of others. In this thesis, an examination will be made of two of these neglected topics. A brief review of the literature of electoral geography is provided as a means of giving the reader a general overview of the field and of previous studies in the area, and to illustrate the manner in which certain topics have dominated earlier research at the expense of others.

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