The segmentation of Local Government Areas: Creating a new geography of Nigeria

Ojo, Adegbola, Vickers, Daniel and Ballas, Dimitris (2012) The segmentation of Local Government Areas: Creating a new geography of Nigeria. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 5 (1). pp. 25-49. ISSN 1874-463X

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Social area classifications group areas on the basis of social or socio-economic similarity into cluster units which define their demographic and social characteristics. The methods used to create these systems combine geographic thought and theory with statistical manipulations of multivariate data. The development and use of geodemographic systems appear to be restricted within developing countries. Some commentators suggest that area classifications may not offer benefits to these countries. This paper argues that the developing world has a lot to benefit from this type of geography. It presents the case of Nigeria where a classification system has been developed for the 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) of the country. Insight is provided into the variables and methodological approach that has been used to create the Nigerian system.

Keywords:Nigeria, Area Classifications, Geodemographics, Local Government Areas
Subjects:L Social studies > L700 Human and Social Geography
Divisions:College of Science > School of Geography
ID Code:28439
Deposited On:25 Aug 2017 09:05

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