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The Population of the UK

The Population of the UK

Second Edition

November 2012 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Did you know that where you were born may affect when you die?

The Population of the UK explains how geography - in the widest sense - makes a difference to life outcomes. It explains the geographical differences in key socio-economic variables - like education, health, and work - that illustrate the UK's stark social inequalities and affect everyone's lives.

Written for undergraduate students across social science disciplines, this unique text presents a social geography of the UK which:

  • Contains over 100 maps. These are drawn in proportion to the numbers of people being depicted and so represent the human geography of the UK in a fair way.
  • Visualises quantitative evidence. The very latest statistics from numerous sources - including the 2010 election - reveal the many aspects of the underlying geographical structure of society in the UK.
  • Relates geographies of identity to geographies of inequality, mortality, work, and settlement, and in a final chapter shows how the UK's population fits in to the world picture of who has most of what, and where.

Using the most advanced cartographic techniques of social mapping employed anywhere in the world, The Population of the UK explains the nuts and bolts of UK population in comparative context.

A note on data: Much of the data comes from 2010 and 2011. However, because as yet only the age and sex data from the 2011 census has been released the book shows 2001 patterns where only census data can reveal it. As 2011 census data is released, Danny plans to update the maps on-line.

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You will be encouraged to build your own alternative theories of social policy and human geography. For that is what Daniel Dorling has done: build a documented story that questions many standard interpretations and identifies new ways of seeing the world
Ludi Simpson
President of the British Society of Population Studies and Professor of Population Studies, The University of Manchester

Danny Dorling has already established himself as our leading human geographer - and a doughty fighter for a more just society. This book will provide readers with a powerful and new way of understanding the shape of their country, and how their country shapes them
Matthew Taylor
Chief Executive, RSA

Dorling has written an excellent book using statistics and maps to cast light on what it means to live in the UK today. This is engaging and thought provoking material for any reader, and especially for students
Hetan Shah
Executive Director, The Royal Statistical Society

This is a book demanding action in a number of ways. It is commendably rich in quantitative evidence, but the author claims that it is not purely objective: he sets out his interpretation of the data in the context of his own railing against inequalities. The evidence is a call to arms against inequality's human origins. We can do better, he says: just look at the abstentions in voting patterns. We can do better: which social policies would you pursue as an MP (or next time you vote for one)? We can do better: how will you use geographical data to help change people's minds?

The 2011 census results were being released as the book was being published. They provide plenty of scope for students to check out and update Dorling's social patterns of the UK. This is a book that encourages by example a do-it-yourself approach to data analysis in human geography, emphasising the analyst's own responsibility to display evidence clearly, to openly construct interpretations of data, and to focus on human responsibility for maintaining or changing those patterns.

Ludi Simpson
LSE Review of Books

This book is recommended for all of my HNC/D students its gives a learner an understanding of the shape of the UK in contemporary society. This book helps learners to visualise evidence in a meaningful way. The book highlights and uses up to date statistics. This is a must for social science students this books cover so many topics essential for social science learners such as, birth education identify health politics contrasting home and abroad. A jolly good read !

Ms Jayne Barnett
Care & Continuing Education Department, Ystrad Mynach College
November 3, 2015

This book provides a very useful examination of demographic data informed by 2001 National Census statistics. However, the data could have been enhanced by providing more than just an overview of ethnicity and demography.

Mr Dennis Hamilton
Humanities, Bournville College of Further Education
August 12, 2014

This book encompasses the areas of relevance within the determinants of health and contextualizes these into visual areas for the student to reflect on

Ms Mary Scott
Dept Health & So, Glasgow Caledonian University
April 10, 2014

As a non-UK academic beginning work in a UK university this book offered me a useful overview of key demographic changes on issues such as health, education, work, identity and inequality in the UK.

Dr Patricia Neville
Department of Oral and Dental Science, Bristol University
January 15, 2014

Although the content is useful for learning and research, this would be at a higher level and more in depth than the students are required to cover.

Mr Daniel Murphy
Hospitality and Tourism, St Helens College
November 25, 2013

an excellent textbook that gives students a context in which to study media reports on the latest Census and perennial debates around immigration

Mr Richard Kotter
Geography & Environmental Management, Northumbria University
October 18, 2013

This text has been ordered for essential reading lists in Year 2 and year 3 courses which cover inequality, identity and culture.

Dr Sheila Quaid
social sciences, university of sunderland
September 17, 2013

This book is extremely useful as a quick overview of the topic, especially for students with limited prior exposure to geography and statistics. It has proven quite valuable as a cheap and readable background text on spatial distribution of poverty.

Mr Patrick Meehan
Education , Canterbury Christ Church University
September 5, 2013

Just a wonderfully refreshing way at looking at social policy with the benefit of cartography. Gives a wider dimension to understanding inequalities!

Mr Iain Campbell-King
Faculty of Health and Social Care (Southwark), London South Bank University
June 27, 2013

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