A New Social Atlas of Britain by Daniel Dorling

By Daniel Dorling

A brand new Social Atlas of england Daniel Dorling collage of Newcastle Upon Tyne, united kingdom This gorgeous and unique atlas unearths in a unconditionally new approach the complicated and unforeseen geographical styles of British society on the finish of the 20 th century. in response to the 1991 census and different social info, Dan Dorling makes use of the robust presentation of the inhabitants cartogram to demonstrate a very clean view of ways Britain’s humans paintings and dwell. the extent of geographical aspect printed, drawn utilizing neighborhood govt wards, hasn't ever been tried prior to in any map undertaking. An creation advises the reader on how you can learn the specified maps and explains the need of utilizing inhabitants cartograms which rework the form of the rustic in order that the styles the place most folks reside (in towns) are made noticeable nationally. Over a hundred double-page spreads comprise at the very least maps made up from a mosaic of over ten thousand parts each one displaying neighborhood in addition to nationwide distributions. Recurrent styles should be noticeable to shape among the geographies of other matters because the social cloth of a country is made obvious. a brand new Social Atlas of england is vital interpreting for college kids and researchers in social reviews, human geography, political experiences and special effects, and likewise reporters and politicians, and all these drawn to present affairs.

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What both maps also highlight is how little land the majority of the population occupy. In the next few pages the relationship between the people and the land is explored. Here an alternative method is used to show another way of looking at the basic distribution of people across the land. 1 almost 2000 “squares” cover the land area of Britain in a grid. The lines of this grid are curved so that each “square” contains the same number of people (Dorling 1993). Large cities pull the net inwards. Smaller ones, such as Norwich, can also be seen to have an effect.

Districts vary greatly in population. Like the ward cartograms in this atlas, every area is proportional to the size of its population. The district cartogram is used repeatedly in the atlas, partly because many of these cartograms can be placed on one page. For instance, it is used to show where people born in different parts of the world live in Britain on page 55 by drawing a cartogram for each group and to show how levels of unemployment changed over sixteen years using fifteen cartograms on page 97.

Colour Print B is a ward population cartogram where each ward is shown as a circle of size in proportion to its population. The cartogram would be of little use if most of these circles overlapped, so in making the cartogram a map is first drawn with circles so small that none overlap and all these circles are placed at the centres of wards on a land map. The circles are then allowed to expand slowly, and if they touch they push each other out of the way. The shape of the map becomes distorted, but it is still possible to draw county boundaries, districts, towns and villages upon it.

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