The Social Atlas of Europe

Cover of the Social Atlas of Europe

About this book

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, in some cases using maps 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. 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 cohesion. 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.

Sample material

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About the authors

Dimitris Ballas (@Dimitris_Ballas) is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield. He has published widely in the field of Geoinformatics in the Social Sciences. Danny Dorling (@dannydorling) is a Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford. His recent books include The 32 Stops: Lives on London’s Central Line and Bankrupt Britain: An Atlas of Social Change Benjamin D. Hennig (@geoviews) is a geographer who loves maps. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and maintains the website

Further information

Authors: Dimitris Ballas, Danny Dorling, Benjamin Hennig
Format:Hardback, 256 pages, 190 x 270 mm
ISBN 9781447313533
Published: 25 Jun 2014 by Policy Press (Bristol, United Kingdom)