1993 volume 25(9) pages 1267 – 1277
doi:10.1068/a251267

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Morphet C S, 1993, "The mapping of small-area census data -- a consideration of the role of enumeration district boundaries" Environment and Planning A 25(9) 1267 – 1277

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The mapping of small-area census data -- a consideration of the role of enumeration district boundaries

C S Morphet

Received 8 August 1992; in revised form 27 February 1993

Abstract. Census enumeration districts (EDs) are not 'natural' areal units, and a strong presumption exists against their use for cartographic or analytical purposes. There is, however, some reason to suppose that their boundaries may coincide with divisions in the underlying social geography of an area, and that they therefore contain information which should not be lost in processing. A study of Newcastle upon Tyne EDs shows that ED boundaries do not, in fact, mark the boundaries of distinct areas. The presumption against the use of ED boundaries for cartographic representation is reinforced.

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