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Spillovers, Subdivisions, and Flows: Questioning the Usefulness of ‘Bounded Container’ as the Dominant Spatial Metaphor in Demography

John W. Adams and Alice B. Kasakoff

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Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270576
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600883 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199270570.003.0018

Series: International Studies in Demography

Spillovers, Subdivisions, and Flows: Questioning the Usefulness of ‘Bounded Container’ as the Dominant Spatial Metaphor in Demography

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Foundational ‘bounded container’ models of demography do not allow for spillovers or subdivisions, and hence yield misleading statistical means. Four other spatial models are presented; a space of ‘flows’ is preferred because it accounts well for mid‐nineteenth‐century migration in the American North. Men born in different regions within New England, and into rich and poor social classes, entered different migration streams.

Keywords: boundaries; flows; frontier; migration; New England; nineteenth century; North America; rural to urban migration; spatial models; spillovers; subdivisions; urban migration; wealth

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Subjects: History of Economic Thought

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