By Martin Dodge
Maps are altering. they've got turn into very important and stylish once again. Rethinking Maps brings jointly top researchers to discover how maps are being rethought, made and used, and what those adjustments suggest for operating cartographers, utilized mapping study, and cartographic scholarship. It deals a modern evaluate of the various types that mapping now takes and, drawing upon a few theoretic views and disciplines, offers an insightful observation on new ontological and epistemological pondering with appreciate to cartography.
This e-book provides a various set of methods to a variety of map kinds and actions in what's shortly a speedily altering box. It employs a multi-disciplinary method of very important modern mapping practices, with chapters written by means of major theorists who've a global attractiveness for leading edge considering. a lot of the recent examine round mapping is rising as severe discussion among perform and conception and this ebook has chapters all in favour of intersections with play, race and cinema. different chapters talk about cartographic illustration, sustainable mapping and visible geographies. It additionally considers how replacement versions of map construction and use similar to open-source mappings and map mash-up are being creatively explored via programmers, artists and activists. there's additionally an exam of the paintings of varied ‘everyday mappers’ in various social and cultural contexts.
This combination of conceptual chapters and theoretically directed case experiences offers a very good source fitted to a wide spectrum of researchers, complex undergraduate and postgraduate scholars in human geography, GIScience and cartography, visible anthropology, media experiences, photo layout and special effects. Rethinking Maps is an important and demanding textual content for all these learning or having an curiosity in cartography.
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Corner explains that maps engender such re-territorializations because they are doubly projective: they both capture elements from the world and also project back a variety of effects through their use. As such, the agency of maps lies not in ‘their reproduction or imposition, but in uncovering realities previously unseen or unimagined’ (p. 213). He thus suggests that cartographic research and practice need to focus on mapping actions and mapping effects and not solely on the construction of maps per se.
Thinking about maps 21 In a similar vein, Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge (2007) have argued that map theory needs to shift in perspective from seeking to understand the nature of maps (how maps are) to examining the practices of mapping (how maps become). Maps they argue are not ontologically secure representations but rather a set of unfolding practices. They state: [m]aps are of-the-moment, brought into being through practices (embodied, social, technical), always re-made every time they are engaged with; mapping is a process of constant re-territorialization.
Harley’s observations, although opening a new view onto cartography, stopped short of following Foucault’s line of inquiry to its logical conclusion. Instead, Crampton (2003: 7) argues that Harley’s writings ‘remained mired in the modernist conception of maps as documents charged with “confessing” the truth of the landscape’. In other words, Harley believed that the truth of the landscape could still be revealed if one took account of the ideology inherent in the representation. The problem was not the map per se, but ‘the bad things people did with maps’ (Wood 1993: 50, original emphasis); the map conveys an inherent truth as the map remains ideologically neutral, with ideology bound to the subject of the map and not the map itself.
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