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Geodemographics, Software and Class

Burrows, R. and Gane, N. (2006) Geodemographics, Software and Class. Sociology: A Journal of the British Sociological Association, 40 ( 5). pp. 793-812. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

This article examines some of the implications for the sociological analysis of social class of the migration of geodemographic classifications of various sorts into software systems designed to ‘sort out’ people and places. It begins by offering an overview of the history and development of geodemographic classifications. It then argues that such classifications are increasingly becoming embedded in ‘soft-ware sorting’ procedures of various sorts, which in turn leads to the prospect of ‘automated spatiality’ becoming a common feature of the contemporary constitution of social class.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: classifications • geodemographics • place • social class • software
Academic Units: The University of York > Sociology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 18 May 2009 11:00
Last Modified: 18 May 2009 11:00
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038506067507
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage Publications
Identification Number: 10.1177/0038038506067507
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7517

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