By John Pickles
This booklet presents a necessary perception into the practices and concepts of maps and map-making. It attracts on quite a lot of social theorists, and theorists of maps and cartography, to teach how maps and map-making have formed the areas during which we live.
Going past the focal point of conventional cartography, the booklet attracts on examples of using maps from the 16th century to the current, together with their position in initiatives of the nationwide and colonial nation, emergent capitalism and the planetary recognition of the typical sciences. It additionally considers using maps for army reasons, maps that experience coded glossy conceptions of overall healthiness, disorder and social personality, and maps of the obvious human physique and the obvious earth.
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Like the written and spoken word, like photographs and cartoons, the map has become a psychological weapon in a warring world where the souls of men are as strongly attacked as their lives. And this is surely the point: mapping is an interpretative act, not a purely technical one, in which the product - the map - conveys not merely the facts but also and always the author's intention, and all the acknowledged and unacknowledged conditions and values any author (and his/her profession, time and culture) bring to a work.
And this is surely the point: mapping is an interpretative act, not a purely technical one, in which the product - the map - conveys not merely the facts but also and always the author's intention, and all the acknowledged and unacknowledged conditions and values any author (and his/her profession, time and culture) bring to a work. Thus, like all works, the map carries along with it so much more than the author intended. Also, like any text, the map takes on a life (and a context) of its own beyond the author's control.
Propaganda maps are not a separate category of text and they cannot be accounted for adequately by traditional theories of maps. Instead, an effective critique of the distorting and ideological nature of propaganda maps must be based on a wider conception of what constitutes both propaganda and science. That is, the ideological and propagandistic elements of contemporary 'scientific' maps must also be assessed at those points where the cartographer shares the ideology of his/her age, where accepted practices are founded on particular ideologies, and where unchallenged interests influence the form and content of the theory and practice of mapping.
A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, Mapping and the Geo-Coded World (Frontiers of Human Geography) by John Pickles