Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS by Jeremy W. Crampton(auth.), John Paul Jones(eds.)

By Jeremy W. Crampton(auth.), John Paul Jones(eds.)

Mapping: A serious advent to Cartography and GIS is an advent to the serious matters surrounding mapping and Geographic info platforms (GIS) throughout quite a lot of disciplines for the non-specialist reader.

  • Examines the main affects Geographic info platforms (GIS) and cartography have at the research of geography and different comparable disciplines
  • Represents the 1st in-depth precis of the “new cartography” that has seemed because the early Nineteen Nineties
  • Provides an evidence of what this new severe cartography is, why it will be important, and the way it really is suitable to a huge, interdisciplinary set of readers
  • Presents theoretical dialogue supplemented with real-world case reports
  • Brings jointly either a technical knowing of GIS and mapping in addition to sensitivity to the significance of idea

Content:
Chapter 1 Maps – A Perverse feel of the Unseemly (pages 1–12):
Chapter 2 what's Critique? (pages 13–24):
Chapter three Maps 2.0: Map Mashups and New Spatial Media (pages 25–38):
Chapter four what's severe Cartography and GIS? (pages 39–48):
Chapter five How Mapping turned medical (pages 49–61):
Chapter 6 Governing with Maps: Cartographic Political financial system (pages 62–80):
Chapter 7 The Political heritage of Cartography Deconstructed: Harley, Gall, and Peters (pages 81–97):
Chapter eight GIS After Critique: What subsequent? (pages 98–111):
Chapter nine Geosurveillance and Spying with Maps (pages 112–127):
Chapter 10 our on-line world and digital Worlds (pages 128–143):
Chapter eleven The Cartographic development of Race and id (pages 144–159):
Chapter 12 The Poetics of area: paintings, attractiveness, and mind's eye (pages 160–176):
Chapter thirteen Epilogue: past the Cartographic nervousness? (pages 177–184):

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As a result, the lands were returned to the community in 1984 and the map was kept as a kind of title deed in the local bank. Thus although it was drawn by an outsider to the community, indigenous people were able to successfully use it in a struggle against the state in a land ownership case. Both these examples rely on critical theory to deal with relations of power, but notice also that they have practical ends. Wood points out that if maps are powerful, that power can be used by anybody, not just those in powerful positions.

It is not the kind of map you would suspect of harboring hegemonic purposes! In fact, Wood showed that through a combination of inclusions (such as the state governor and his family standing next to a large car; while the back of the map was covered in adverts for local businesses) and exclusions (any depiction on the state map of paths, bike lanes, or public transport) an image of the state as pro-business and car friendly was created. The resulting impression was that North Carolina was a good state in which to live or invest (part of the importance of this is that the state gives these maps out at rest-stops just inside the Carolina border).

Guy Debord’s book The Society of the Spectacle acts as something of a guide by emphasizing that everything has become represented and thus devalued, everything is a media spectacle (Harmon 2004). This work has produced a tremendous legacy, aided by the infusion of mapping technology in the late 1980s which set the stage for an explosion in “locative art” and psychogeographical mapping (Debord 1967/1994). Lee Walton averaged all the coordinates on a tourist map of San Francisco to come up with a single “Average Point of Interest” where he installed a bronze plaque (Casey 2002; Denis Cosgrove 1999; 2005; Harmon 2004).

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