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Not just nuisance: spatialising social statistics

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards a Spatial Social Policy
Subtitle of host publicationBridging the Gap Between Geography and Social Policy
Place of PublicationBristol
Publisher or commissioning bodyPolicy Press
Chapter8
Pages149
Number of pages168
DatePublished - 2019

Abstract

This chapter is about treating space seriously within quantitative methods and thinking. It argues that geography is a fundamental characteristic of society, and of the social processes studied in the social sciences. However, the sorts of statistical techniques typically taught to social scientists, and used to inform social policy, either ignore the spatial dimension entirely or regard it as a nuisance. Neither of these acts of geographical short-sightedness is adequate, and both can result in misunderstanding about what is happening, where, and why.

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