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Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS

ISBN: 978-1-4051-2173-6
232 pages
February 2010, ©2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS is an introduction to the critical issues surrounding mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) across a wide range of disciplines for the non-specialist reader.
  • Examines the key influences Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and cartography have on the study of geography and other related disciplines
  • Represents the first in-depth summary of the “new cartography” that has appeared since the early 1990s
  • Provides an explanation of what this new critical cartography is, why it is important, and how it is relevant to a broad, interdisciplinary set of readers
  • Presents theoretical discussion supplemented with real-world case studies
  • Brings together both a technical understanding of GIS and mapping as well as sensitivity to the importance of theory
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Acknowledgments vi

List of Figures viii

List of Tables xi

About the Cover: Size Matters xii

1 Maps – A Perverse Sense of the Unseemly 1

2 What Is Critique? 13

3 Maps 2.0: Map Mashups and New Spatial Media 25

4 What Is Critical Cartography and GIS? 39

5 How Mapping Became Scientific 49

6 Governing with Maps: Cartographic Political Economy 62

7 The Political History of Cartography Deconstructed: Harley, Gall, and Peters 81

8 GIS After Critique: What Next? 98

9 Geosurveillance and Spying with Maps 112

10 Cyberspace and Virtual Worlds 128

11 The Cartographic Construction of Race and Identity 144

12 The Poetics of Space: Art, Beauty, and Imagination 160

13 Epilogue: Beyond the Cartographic Anxiety? 177

References 185

Index 203

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Jeremy W. Crampton is Associate Professor of Geography at Georgia State University, where he teaches cartography and political geography. He is the author of The Political Mapping of Cyberspace (2003) and Space, Knowledge and Power: Foucault and Geography (edited with Stuart Elden, 2007), and is the editor of the journal Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization.
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  • Examines the key influences Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and cartography have on the study of geography and other related disciplines
  • Presents theoretical discussion supplemented with real-world case studies
  • Answers the question ‘Why use maps?’
  • Discusses the mapping of cyberspace
  • Highlights the politics of GIS and cartography and their role in contemporary society
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