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A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, Mapping and the by John Pickles

By John Pickles

This publication offers a necessary perception into the practices and concepts of maps and map-making. It attracts on a variety of social theorists, and theorists of maps and cartography, to teach how maps and map-making have formed the areas within which we live.
Going past the focal point of conventional cartography, the ebook attracts on examples of using maps from the 16th century to the current, together with their function in initiatives of the nationwide and colonial nation, emergent capitalism and the planetary realization of the average sciences. It additionally considers using maps for army reasons, maps that experience coded smooth conceptions of healthiness, affliction and social personality, and maps of the obvious human physique and the obvious earth.

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It is clear that for Monmonier 'the situation' means specific spatio-temporal practices, immediate uses, possibly bound together by repetitions of inappropriate practice. In this view, maps are neutral until activated within a specific context. Karl Figlio (1996: 73-6) has attempted to wriggle free from this liberal impasse and the metaphysics of presence it presupposes, arguing that mapping is a representational act that both presents the world and annuls it at the same time. 'Every mapping into geometrical spaces - every picturing leaves a gap between what was present in emotional space ...

In the essay, Wright provided a spirited defence of the role of the subject in constructing and reading maps against the then emerging empiricist and naturalizing tendencies in geography and cartography. Maps, he began, 'are drawn by men and not turned out automatically by machines, and consequently are influenced by human shortcomings' (Wright 1966: 33). Like Broek before him, Wright argued that it was precisely the 'trim, precise, and clean-cut appearance that a well-drawn map presents' (p. 33) that lends to the map an air of scientific authenticity and a persuasive character that reaches beyond the technical limits of the map itself.

49 Deconstructing the map specific claims made in Harley's writings, but also in terms of the ways in which 'Harley' and 'deconstructing the map' have entered the lexicon of critical human geography and cartographic studies, the study of maps as other than simple iconic devices or complexes technical products has gained widespread acceptance. As Harley suggested in his introduction to Volume 1 (Harley and Woodward 1992: 1), in making the principal concern of the history of cartography the study of the map in human terms, the History of Cartography is concerned, as far as possible, with the historical process by which graphic language of maps has been created and used.

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