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Representations of Poverty and Place

Using Geographical Text Analysis to Understand Discourse

Authors: Paterson, Laura L., Gregory, Ian

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  • Investigates whether discourses of poverty are geographically located and whether these locations actually refer to the most statistically-deprived areas
  • Introduces a new methodological approach, Geographical Text Analysis, that combines techniques from corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, Geographical Information Science, and the spatial humanities
  • Demonstrates that critical discourse analysis can be expanded beyond qualitative analysis and can benefit from an awareness of geography
  • Taking poverty as a case study, it challenges the notion that Geographical Information Science is restricted to quantitative data
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This book explores a novel methodological approach which combines analytical techniques from linguistics and geography to bring fresh insights to the study of poverty. Using Geographical Text Analysis, it maps the discursive construction of poverty in the UK and compares the results to what administrative data reveal. The analysis draws together qualitative and quantitative techniques from corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, Geographical Information Science, and the spatial humanities. By identifying the place-names that occur within close proximity to search terms associated with to poverty it shows how different newspapers use place to foreground different aspects of poverty (including employment, housing, money, and benefits), and how the London-centric nature of newspaper reporting dominates the discursive construction of UK poverty. This book demonstrates how interdisciplinary research methods can illuminate complex social issues and will appeal to researchers in a number of disciplines from sociology, geography and the spatial humanities, economics, linguistics, health, and public policy, in addition to policymakers and practitioners.

About the authors

Laura L Paterson is a Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at The Open University, UK.
Ian N Gregory is Professor of Digital Humanities at Lancaster University, UK.



Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-93503-4
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-93502-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Representations of Poverty and Place
Book Subtitle
Using Geographical Text Analysis to Understand Discourse
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93503-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93503-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93502-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 260
Number of Illustrations
25 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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