5. Transforming the Mosaic

  1. Daniel Dorling

Published Online: 5 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118353929.ch5

The Visualization of Spatial Social Structure

The Visualization of Spatial Social Structure

How to Cite

Dorling, D. (2012) Transforming the Mosaic, in The Visualization of Spatial Social Structure, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118353929.ch5

Author Information

  1. Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 3 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119962939

Online ISBN: 9781118353929



  • change;
  • deposition;
  • erosion;
  • house price inflation;
  • population basemap;
  • temporal discontinuity;
  • unemployment map;
  • votes


In past research, geographers stumbled at the first hurdle when gathering information about change; this hurdle was coping with temporal discontinuities. Temporal discontinuity is continuously reoccurring, and is itself one aspect of change. Geographers often addressed the problem of change with the crude solution of aggregation. Over long periods, which are examined in this chapter, the underlying population basemap changes with time. The most basic changes of population have been painted here simply by making each block white where population fell and black where it increased. The white holes of the major conurbations can be easily distinguished, as can the black rings of built-up areas around them. The shading of the areas in the unemployment map is as dependent on the limits of the time period as it is on the spatial limits of Britain. The chapter provides maps highlighting house price inflation, votes, and erosion and deposition in Britain.

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