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Rethinking the Power of Maps

By: Professor Denis Wood
Rethinking the Power of Maps
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  • Rethinking the Power of Maps ISBN: 9781593853662 Paperback May 2010 Usually dispatched within 1 week
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A contemporary follow-up to the groundbreaking Power of Maps, this book takes a fresh look at what maps do, whose interests they serve, and how they can be used in surprising, creative, and radical ways. Denis Wood describes how cartography facilitated the rise of the modern state and how maps continue to embody and project the interests of their creators. He demystifies the hidden assumptions of map making and explores the promises and limitations of diverse counter-mapping practices today. Thought-provoking illustrations include U.S. Geological Survey maps; electoral and transportation maps; and numerous examples of critical cartography, participatory GIS, and map art.


Introduction: Maps Work. Part 1. Mapping. 1. Maps Blossom in the Springtime of the State. 2. Unleashing the Power of the Map. 3. Signs in the Service of the State. 4. Making Signs Talk to Each Other. Part 2. Counter-Mapping. 5. Counter-Mapping and the Death of Cartography. 6. Talking Back to the Map. 7. Map Art: Stripping the Mask from the Map. 8. Mapmaking, Counter-Mapping, and Map Art in the Mapping of Palestine.

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Denis Wood, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
By: Professor Denis Wood
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In an age when mapping is sexy again, Wood explains why it should matter to everyone, how maps came to be deployed by states, and how the authority of the image is now being used by many different voices. This is a passionate humanist argument for a critical approach to mapping, strongly academic but reassuringly accessible. Wood's work always challenges; the style and panache of his scholarship carry the reader along and persuade us to listen to his original ideas. Mapping and counter-mapping are brought together for the first time. Researchers and students across the social sciences, and indeed from all disciplines, should read this book and take its lessons to heart! - Chris Perkins, Senior Lecturer, Geography, University of Manchester
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