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The Visualization of Spatial Social Structure (Wiley Series in Computational and Quantitative Social Science) Hardcover – 3 Aug 2012

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  • Hardcover: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (3 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119962935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119962939
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,541,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“One of the more enjoyable aspects of this book is that every section begins with an interesting quote from the literature, which adds up to 60+ quotes that readers may wish to consult for future reference. A final, light–hearted observation: each chapter is divided into exactly seven sections! In some cultures, this would be interpreted as an attempt to curry favor with fate. Readers will have to decide whether Dorling played a lucky hand in turning his doctoral dissertation into a book, two decades on.”  (Journal of Regional Science, 1 October 2013)

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How do you draw a map of 100,000 places, of more than a million flows of people, of changes over time and space, of different kinds of spaces, surfaces and volumes, from human travel time to landscapes of hopes, fears, migration, manufacturing and mortality? How do you turn the millions of numbers concerning some of the most important moments of our lives into images that allow us to appreciate the aggregate while still remembering the detail?

The visualization of spatial social structure means, literally, making visible the geographical patterns to the way our lives have come to be socially organised, seeing the geography in society. To a statistical readership visualization implies using data. More widely defined it implies freeing our imaginations.

The Visualization of Spatial Social Structure introduces the reader to new ways of thinking about how to look at social statistics, particularly those about people in places. The author presents a unique combination of statistical focus and understanding of social structures and innovations in visualization, describing the rationale for, and development of, a new way of visualizing information in geographical research. These methods are illustrated through extensive full colour graphics; revealing mistakes, techniques and discoveries which present a picture of a changing political and social geography. More complex aspects on the surface of social landscapes are revealed with sculptured symbols allowing us to see the relationships between the wood and the trees of social structure. Today′s software can be so flexible that these techniques can now be emulated without coding.

This book centres on a particular place and time; 1980s Britain, and a particular set of records; routine social statistics. A great deal of information about the 80s′ social geography of Britain is contained within databases such as the population censuses, surveys and administrative data. Following the release of the 2011 census, now is a good time to look back at the past to introduce many new visualization techniques that could be used by future researchers.

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