The graphics below have been submitted to the journal Environment and Planning A as one of its featured graphics. They aim to capture various dimensions of population change within English local authorities from 1991 to 2011: the proportional increase in the Asian population, the decrease in the White British population, generally decreasing Asian – White British segregation within authorities on average but with that average concealing some increases in spatial heterogeneity: increased differences between some neighbouring small areas (and also increased differences between local authorities). Continue reading
(Updated, Apr 18, 5.35pm & Apr 19, 10.30am, 4.45pm. This is a work in progress)
The motion chart below offers a new way of looking at changes to Asian – White British ‘segregation’ from the 2001 to 2011 Census. An explanation follows.
A slightly naughty headline on the BBC News website yesterday. It reads: “UK schools ‘most socially segregated’”, a statement that is immediately contradicted by the paragraph below it: “Schools in the UK are among the most socially segregated in the developed world” (emphasis added). The most and among the most are not the same thing at all, although recognising the difference does not make the findings of the OECD report about which the BBC is repeating much more palatable. It says that the UK has unusually high levels of poorer and migrant families being clustered together in the same schools and not spread across different schools. Continue reading
We live in an age of economic inequality. The rich are growing richer relative to the poor. Does this matter? Listen here.
If you’ve not had a chance to read it yet, it is worth taking a look at The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.
It’s a great example of how to use simple statistics and charts to drive home the political and social measure that appears in the book’s subtitle: why equality is better for everyone.
Whether the book actually proves that is debatable. But, for me that’s the point. You may not agree with the book’s conclusions. However, you cannot knock how successful it has been in creating discussion.