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Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS

Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS

Jeremy W. Crampton

ISBN: 978-1-444-35673-1

Sep 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

232 pages

$37.99

Description

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
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


  • 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