Mapping Qualitative Geographies in the English Lake District

Ian Gregory, Lancaster University
Rob Smail, Lancaster University
Taylor Joanna, University of Manchester

The paper uses methods based around identifying qualitative references to geography to explore the contrasting geographies of three different types of people – tourists, travellers and inhabitants – as described in a large corpus of pre-twentieth century writing about the English Lake District. These three groups were identified as having contrasting geographies using conventional GTA (Taylor & Gregory, 2022: chap. 3). In this analysis we take this further by identifying references to locales such as “the town” or “a mountain” as well as named places. We also assign ‘nearness’ as proximity in the text rather than proximity in Euclidean space to identify places that writers associate with each other rather than those that are close to each other. The locations and locales the writers assign to the three groups are identified along with the senses of place assigned to the different groups. These are mapped in textual space and the different patterns for the different groups are compared and contrasted to provide novel views on the different geographies associated with these three groups by the writers themselves. The different senses of place for each textual- geographical cluster are also defined. The wider implications of this paper is that it provides an analytic framework for the geographical analysis of texts within which is theoretically grounded, incorporates all types of place described by the writers, and clusters them in ways that the writers described.

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 Presented in Session 77. Mapping Spatial Microdata