By John Pickles

ISBN-10: 0415144973

ISBN-13: 9780415144971

ISBN-10: 0415144981

ISBN-13: 9780415144988

This e-book presents a vital 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 point of interest of conventional cartography, the publication attracts on examples of using maps from the 16th century to the current, together with their position in initiatives of the nationwide and colonial kingdom, emergent capitalism and the planetary recognition of the average sciences. It additionally considers using maps for army reasons, maps that experience coded sleek conceptions of wellbeing and fitness, affliction and social personality, and maps of the obvious human physique and the obvious earth.

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It will become clear that I believe that our discourse about maps, whether historical or modern, should be more responsive to social issues such as those relating to the environment, poverty, or to the ways in which the rights and cultures of minorities are represented on maps. Harley began his 'Deconstructing the map' with a basic question and surprising answer. He asked, what is a map? And he answered, 'cartography is seldom what cartographers say it is' (Harley 1989b: 1). For most cartographers, [tlhe object of mapping is to produce a 'correct' relational model of the terrain.

They are exemplars of the manipulation of symbols and writing. They cannot be read without a broader grammatology than the one provided by 'map-reading skills'. It is to this broader grammatology of mapping that we now turn. Maps and mapping as social practice 61 3 Situated pragmatics Maps and mapping as social practice One great dark secret of the history of cartography, barely hinted at in most accounts, is that every map has to emerge from some determinable social and economic milieu. Moreover, the shape the map will take will largely be formed by the needs, tastes and technical accomplishments of that milieu.

The propagandist exploits these elements: 'The propagandist's primary concern is never the truth of an idea but its successful communication to a public. Geography as a science and cartography as a technique become subservient to the demands of effective symbol manipulation' (Speier 1941: 313). Judith Tyner (1982: 2) has suggested the name 'persuasive cartography' to distinguish such propaganda, suggestive, advertising, journalistic and subjective cartography from other forms. Persuasive cartography is a 'type of cartography whose main object or effect is to influence the reader's opinion, in contrast to most cartography which strives to be objective'.

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