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Social polarisation 1971-1991: a micro-geographical analysis of Britain

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rachel WoodwardORCiD


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This monograph reports the results of a research project investigating local social polarisation in Britain, 1971-1991, using the censuses of population. We look briefly as the different approaches which have been taken towards the study of social polarisation, highlighting the difficulties associated with, first, the reporting of complex findings to a media interested in a simple story, and second, the difficulties inherent in the statistical analysis of polarisation. After discussing our methods for the production of comparable census data and our methodology for producing the graphs and tables, we then go on to present our findings of the existence and extent (or otherwise) of social polarisation in Britain. We conclude with a discussion of our findings, and briefly suggest further areas for research using contrasting methodologies.

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Author(s): Dorling D, Woodward R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Progress in Planning

Year: 1996

Volume: 45

Issue: 2

Pages: 63-122

Print publication date: 01/01/1996

ISSN (print): 0305-9006

ISSN (electronic): 1873-4510


DOI: 10.1016/0305-9006(96)89363-9


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