The Social Atlas of Europe

Dimitris Ballas, Danny Dorling, and Benjamin D. Hennig

The Social Atlas of Europe
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Dimitris Ballas, Danny Dorling, and Benjamin D. Hennig

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 7 1/2 x 10 1/2 | © 2014
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781447313533 Published August 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Many of us think of European countries as discreet entities—their own languages, cultures, food, and economies squarely contained within their national boundaries. But in fact Europe is at once a unified place and a sophisticatedly fragmented one, and national boundaries rarely reflect its social and economic realities. The Social Atlas of Europe is the first atlas to map Europe according to these realities, from the perspective of human geography rather than simply a political one.  
Using innovative full-color visualization methods, it reconsiders European identity through its many different facets: economy, culture, history, and human and physical geography, visualizing Europe and its people in a more fluid way, without artificial national boundaries. It utilizes the latest available demographic, social, and economic data through state-of-the-art geographical information systems and new cartography techniques that were invented specifically for this work. Through these new visualizations, this highly illustrated book  offers fresh perspectives on a range of topics, including social values, culture, education, employment, environmental footprints, health and well-being, and social inequalities and cohesions. It is a bold rethinking of Europe as we know it and will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand the continent in its truest form. 
Library Journal
“Ballas, Dorling, and Hennig have collaborated to tell the ‘cartographic story of contemporary Europe, adopting a new visual approach to exploring European human geography and identity.’ . . . They present an astonishingly wide range of demographic data covering more than 175 topics using descriptive text, full-color maps, and some bar graphs. . . . This fascinating and original survey is definitely recommended for anyone, scholar or general reader, interested in the human geography of present-day Europe.”
J. Millhorn, Northern Illinois University | Choice
“Combines human geography and human cartography to shed light on contemporary Europe in an innovative way. . . . At the center of the study are cartograms: maps based not on land scale but founded instead on statistical and demographic data. . . . The maps are clearly the star here. The overall effect is of a series of vignettes that breaks down national stereotypes. Indeed, the authors indicate that they seek to promote a pan-European ideal, claiming that ‘old nationalisms can appear a little ridiculous when they are viewed dispassionately.’ The book also boasts any number of fascinating and surprising nuggets of information. . . . A striking visual map of a dynamic and rapidly evolving Europe. Highly recommended.”
Howard S. Becker, author of Telling About Society
“The authors have used a fascinating body of techniques to display social data geographically. The results are startling and compelling, furnishing a model for everyone who does this kind of work from now on.”
Robert B. Reich, University of California, Berkeley
“An insightful look at today’s Europe —not through the artifices of geographic boundaries or gross national products, but through the underlying realities that Europeans live every day—their understandings, attitudes, and well-being—all brought to life in charts and maps that reveal the human geography of this vitally important area of the world.”
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, London School of Economics and Political Science
“Institutions are increasingly acknowledged as key shapers of the economic health and social well-being of individuals and territories alike. Yet our knowledge about how culture, history, and human and physical geography shape our destiny remains highly imperfect. The Social Atlas of Europe  uses new and imaginative cartographic techniques in order to fill in this gap. A must for social scientists and decision makers wanting to have a better understanding of the institutional forces that unite and divide Europeans.”
Menno-Jan Kraak, University of Twente, Netherlands
“The authors’ innovative use of the cartogram reveals a unique and hitherto unknown view of Europe which will be of wide interest.” 
Philip McCann, University of Groningen
“The Social Atlas of Europe is an ideal resource to get a sense of national, regional, and spatial differences and similarities across many varied aspects of modern life.” 
Manos Matsaganis, Athens University of Economics and Business
“Simply browsing this Social Atlas of Europe is an exhilarating experience for the lay reader: unfailingly informative, sometimes intriguing, and always entertaining. A triumph of human geography and human cartography!”
Identity and Culture
Industry and Occupation
Social Cohesion
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