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  1. Introduction and key texts 9 items
    1. Welcome to the electronic reading list for GEG4106 Reinventing Britain!

       

      For this module we expect you to read widely. Information on general texts is provided in this section of the reading list; more detailed and specialist literature can be found in the weekly sections. As far as possible we have included up-to-date literature that is available on the topics in question and, where appropriate, will ensure that copies of high demand items are available in the teaching collection of the library. The amount of literature that we will suggest for each session may seem intimidating, but you are not expected to read all of it! Because of pressure on materials we have prepared lists of references which will often cover similar ground, so that even if your first-choice book is not available, you should still be able to find material from other sources. Note that the starred material is particularly useful.

       

      In reading around the material covered in lectures, you should be selective and critical: selective, because you simply do not have the time to read everything on this list; and critical, because you may find that there are differences of opinion between myself and the writer of an article, or that you yourself disagree with either the lecturer or an author. Try to keep constantly in your mind the relationship between what you are reading and the content of the lectures and the aims of the module. This will help you select and focus on the parts of a book or article that are most relevant to you. Also, because of the rapidly-changing nature of the module subject matter it is essential that you keep up to date by reading a quality newspaper such as The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Independent or The Telegraph. Credit will be given for evidence of such independent reading in essays.

       

      If you have any suggestions of material that should be added to the reading list, or purchased by the library, please let me know!

       

      Tim Brown and Caron Lipman

      tim.brown@qmul.ac.uk; c.w.lipman@qmul.ac.uk

    2. Key texts 8 items
      1. The economic geography of the UK - Coe, Neil M., Jones, Andrew M. 2010

        Book Suggested for student purchase Although not essential, I strongly recommend purchasing this volume. It covers most of the issues we are interested in and is the most up to date volume available.

      2. One of the most profilic geographers writing on the UK is Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, School of GEography adn the Environment, University of Oxford. Several recent books deal with themes covered in this module. You can find out more about Danny's work by visiting his web site: http://www.dannydorling.org/

      3. So you think you know about Britain? - Dorling, Danny 2011

        Book  Aimed at a popular audience, this is an interesting volume that will get you thinking about issues covered in the module.

      4. Injustice: why social inequality persists - Dorling, Daniel 2010

        Book 

      5. Human geography of the UK - Dorling, Daniel 2005

        Book 

      6. Identity in Britain: a cradle-to-grave atlas - Thomas, Bethan, Dorling, Daniel 2007

        Book 

      7. Several other texts deal with recent changes to the UK economy and economic geography:

      8. Human geography of the UK: an introduction - Hardill, Irene, Graham, David T., Kofman, Eleonore 2001

        Book  See also electronic copy: http://lib.myilibrary.com/Open.aspx?id=20244&loc=&srch=undefined&src=0

  2. Lecture 1 - Introduction: towards a post-industrial nation 15 items
    1. Changing Britain 6 items
      For a broad introduction to the processes of change and reinvention that will be the core focus of this module, have a look at one of the introductory texts:
      1. The economic geography of the UK - Coe, Neil M., Jones, Andrew M. 2010

        Book Recommended Read Chapters 2 and/or 3

      2. A United Kingdom?: economic, social and political geographies - Mohan, John 1999

        Book Optional Several chapters are relevant here, but start with the introduction and, perhaps chapters 3 and 4. Note, that more than any of the other core texts, Mohan takes an explicitly ‘political-economy’ perspective.

      3. Human geography of the UK - Dorling, Daniel 2005

        Book Optional See also the companion website http://www.sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/hguk/index.htm This volume is focused more on geographical inequality than change although some of the chapters explore changing inequalities over time. No single chapter can be recommended – dip into those that interest you and look relevant to other sessions in the module.

      4. The changing geography of the United Kingdom - Gardiner, V., Matthews, M. H., Johnston, R. J., Institute of British Geographers 2000

        Book Optional Ron Johnston’s opening chapter is a useful starting point here.

      5. The changing geography of the United Kingdom - Gardiner, V., Matthews, M. H. 1999 (electronic resource)

        Book Optional E-copy of previous.

      6. Human geography of the UK: an introduction - Hardill, Irene, Graham, David T., Kofman, Eleonore 2001

        Book Optional Much of section one (pp. 1–50) is relevant.

    2. Thatcher's Britain 3 items
      Some of the older texts also contain relevant material and are especially good at analysing the impact of Thatcher’s policies on Britain.
      1. Policy and change in Thatcher's Britain - Cloke, Paul J. 1992

        Book Optional

      2. Divided Britain - Hudson, Ray, Williams, Allan M 1995

        Book Optional

      3. Uneven regional change in Britain - Townsend, Alan R. 1993

        Book Optional

    3. De-industrialisation 5 items
      1. The economic geography of the UK - Coe, Neil M., Jones, Andrew M. 2010

        Book Recommended Read Chapter 10 by Ray Hudson, pp. 139-152

      2. The Geography of de-industrialisation - Martin, Ron, Bowthorn, Bob 1986

        Book Recommended See especially Chapter 1.

      3. Wrecking a region: state policies, party politics and regional change in north east England - Hudson, Ray 1989

        Book Optional A challenging book, but a classic account of the politically managed decline of the North East's manufacturing economy. Will offer longer term context to our visit to the North East later in the semester.

      4. Producing places - Hudson, Raymond c2001

        Book Optional More advanced reading -- will offer further insights into the political economy perspective offered by Ray Hudson.

    4. Other reading 1 item
      1. Cities Outlook 2012 - Centre for Cities 2012

        Website Optional See further data at http://www.citiesoutlook.org/

  3. Week 2 - A nation divided? Geographies of division in post-Thatcher Britain 15 items
    1. North-South divide - economic 9 items
      1. The economic geography of the UK - Coe, Neil M., Jones, Andrew M. 2010

        Book Recommended See Chapter 2 by Danny Dorling (pp. 12-28)

      2. Spatially unbalanced growth in the British economy - B. Gardiner, R. Martin, P. Sunley, P. Tyler 29/03/2013

        Article Recommended Very latest research on regional inequality -- this will become a classic paper!

      3. Human geography of the UK - Dorling, Daniel 2005

        Book Recommended Some good material in here on the geography of economic and social division.

      4. Unequal Britain: How real are regional inequalities - Overman Henry, Gibbons Steve

        Article Optional Recent article from two economic geographers at the LSE.

      5. The North-south divide: regional change in Britain in the 1980s - Lewis, J. R., Townsend, Alan R. 1989

        Book Optional

      6. Divided Britain - Hudson, Ray, Williams, Allan M 1995

        Book Optional Though dated, offers good empirical evidence of divisions from 1980s and early 1990s.

      7. The North-south divide: regional change in Britain in the 1980s - Lewis, J. R., Townsend, Alan R. 1989

        Book Optional Key text from the 1980s when the north-south divide was of great concern.

      8. Geographies of England: the North-South divide, material and imagined - Baker, Alan R. H., Billinge, Mark 2004

        Book Optional Offers longer term historical perspectives

    2. North-South divide - health 6 items
      1. Unequal health: the scandal of our times - Daniel Dorling 2013

        Book Essential

      2. The Impact of Thatcherism on Health and Well-Being in Britain - A. Scott-Samuel, C. Bambra, C. Collins, D. J. Hunter 01/01/2014

        Article Essential

      3. The north-south health divide - M. Whitehead, T. Doran 15/02/2011

        Article Optional

  4. Week 3 - Inequality and health in an age of austerity 24 items
    1. Health inequalities 4 items
      1. Inequalities in life and death - Richard Mitchell, Mary Shaw, Daniel Dorling, Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2000

        Book 

      2. Health inequalities - Graham Scambler 01/01/2012

        Article Optional

      3. Social determinants of health : the solid facts / edited by Richard Wilkinson and Michael Marmot - R. Wilkinson, M. Marmot, World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. Centre for Urban Health 1998

        Book Recommended

      4. Unhealthy societies: the afflictions of inequality - R. G. Wilkinson 1996

        Book Recommended

    2. Social inequalities 6 items
      1. Division grows as inequality multiplies - Danny Dorling 09/25/2014

        Article Recommended

      2. Injustice: why social inequality persists - Daniel Dorling 2010 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

    3. Social inequality and health (including Black Report) 10 items
      1. Poverty, wealth and place in Britain, 1968 to 2005 - Daniel Dorling, Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2007

        Book 

      2. The Ghost Of Christmas Past: Health Effects Of Poverty In London In 1896 And 1991 - Danny Dorling, Richard Mitchell, Mary Shaw, Scott Orford and George Davey Smith 2000

        Article Essential

      3. The spirit level: why equality is better for everyone - Richard G. Wilkinson, Kate Pickett 2010

        Book Essential

      4. Inequalities in Health - Douglas Black, Peter Townsend, Margaret Whitehead 1988

        Book Optional

      5. Introduction: Beyond the Black Report - Mel Bartley, David Blane, George Davey Smith 09/1998

        Article Recommended

    4. Professor Clare Bambra 4 items
      We will be hearing from Professor Clare Bambra when we visit the North East. Here are some of her key papers.
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