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A unique and fascinating book that distils a lifetime of experience building geodemographic classifications and makes a robust case for their use as a framework to explore a wide range of socio-economic problems.
A compelling account of how geodemographics can challenge dated survey methods and simplistic measures of deprivation and of class to enhance our understanding of society through the effective application of ‘commercial sociology'
It’s not your genetic code, bank account, ethnicity or social class designation that best reveals your secrets, but your zip- or post-code. Richard Webber and Roger Burrows uncover how your micro-geography reveals who you are in spatially divided nations.
Recent political and cultural upheavals have created a growing sense of how geography and identity reinforce one another. In this fascinating study, Webber and Burrows track the pre-history of geo-demographic analysis, weaving between the history of sociology with more recent commercial research methods. At a time of rising public awareness of gentrification and 'left behind' populations, and growing anxiety surrounding the power of data analytics, this book provides crucial context for a number of our most pressing contemporary concerns.
In the last two decades, geodemographic segmentations have transformed the way political parties, in the UK and around the world, understand the electorate and how they target and segment their the channels, content and framing of their voter contact and messaging, from doorstep canvassing through leaflets and direct mail to Facebook. This book explores the fascinating detail of the spatial structure of our society and social change, and why the fine-grained scale of those patterns is so important to everyone seeking to win elections today.
The book is remarkable in its ability to integrate insights from different spheres of knowledge: academic theory with commercial practice; marketing with geography and sociology; statistical methods with fresh insights into everyday behaviour. If you’re not already familiar with geodemographics this book will change the way you think about, understand and connect with your fellow citizens.
Drawing on examples from across the social sciences, such as school catchment areas, cities and neighbourhoods, crime and voting patterns, the book is full of wonderful stories about how and why the intersection between people and places matters so much in understanding contemporary societies.
We’ve all heard the saying, ‘you are what you eat’, but most of us are incognisant of the ‘you are where you live’ adage which has come to prominence in contemporary marketing practices. In this superb new book by Richard Webber and Roger Burrows, sociological and geodemographic frameworks are brought together to demonstrate how physical address, and geolocative data, come to define a person’s life chances and trajectory in important, if unseen, ways.
When I introduced geodemographics to the Automobile Association thirty years ago, it generated many novel and valuable insights into customer behaviour. As a result our communications came to be targeted far more precisely. This remains a vitally important application for geodemographics today. However, the scope of geodemographic analysis is much wider than just marketing.
This book is historical, methodological, and personal. It situates and traces the development of geodemographic practice. Webber and Burrows show how this powerful method can yield insight into the evolution of neighbourhoods, cities, and countries. This book clearly outlines the past, present, and potential future of geodemographics and in so doing will be of acute interest to leaders in the academy, industry, and government looking to better understand their customers, constituents, and/or research subjects.