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Maps and Postcodes

Maps and postcodes: Laurie Taylor asks what they can reveal about our society and selves.

Maps and postcodes. Is there such a thing as a predictive postcode? Can it reveal more about us than our bank account, ethnicity or social class? Laurie Taylor poses the question to Roger Burrows, Professor of Cities at Newcastle University. Also, Mapping Society - Laura Vaughan, Professor of Urban Form and Society at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, examines how maps not only serve as historical records of social enquiry, but also reveal the ways in which difference and inequality are etched deeply on the surface of our towns, villages and cities.

Producer: Jayne Egerton

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28 minutes


Laura Vaughan, Mapping Society: The Spatial Dimensions of Social Cartography, (UCL Press, 2018) 

Richard Webber and Roger Burrows, The Predictive Postcode? The Geodemographic Classification of British Society, (Sage Publications Ltd, 2018) 


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