Classics in Cartography: Reflections on influential articles from Cartographica / Edition 1

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Classics in Cartography provides an intellectually-driven reinterpretation of a selection of ten touchstone articles in the development of mapping scholarship over the last four decades. The ‘classics’ are drawn exclusively from the international peer-review journal Cartographica and are reprinted in full here. They are accompanied by newly commissioned reflective essays by the original article authors, and other eminent scholars, to provide fresh interpretation of the meaning of the ideas presented and their wider, lasting impact on cartographic research.

The book provides an equal balance of influential articles from the past and current commentaries which highlight their impact and current context. Read in combination the original ‘classic’ articles and these new reflective essays demonstrate how cartography works as a powerful representational form and explores how various different aspects of mapping practice have been conceptualized by an influential set of academic researchers.

  • Collates ‘classic’ articles from four decades of the journal Cartographica
  • Brings key articles up-to-date with contemporary interpretative essays by the leading scholars in mapping research
  • Themes covered are the epistemological of mapping practice, the ontological underpinnings of cartographic representation, and the contested societal implications of maps
  • Evaluates the progression of the field of cartographic research and demonstrates how new theoretical ideas originate, develop and circulate
  • Provides a signpost for students and new researchers on the key articles in cartography to read and reflect upon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470681749
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributor’s Biographies.



1. What are the ‘classic’ articles in cartography? (Martin Dodge).

Section One: Epistemological Practice.

2. Algorithms for the Reduction of the Number of Points Required to Represent a Digitized Line or its Caricature (1973) (David H. Douglas and Thomas K. Peucker).

3. Reflection Essay: Algorithms for the Reduction of the Number of Points Required to Represent a Digitized Line or its Caricature (Tom Poiker and David Douglas).

4. The Nature of Boundaries on ‘Area-Class’ Maps (1989) (David M. Mark and Ferenc Csillag).

5. Reflection Essay: The Nature of Boundaries on ‘Area-Class’ Maps (David M. Mark).

6. Strategies for the Visualization of Geographic Time-Series Data (1990) (Mark Monmonier).

7. Reflection Essay: Strategies for the Visualization of Geographic Time-Series Data (Mark Monmonier).

8. PPGIS in Community Development Planning: Framing the Organizational Context (2001) (Sarah Elwood and Rina Ghose).

9. Reflection Essay: PPGIS in Community Development Planning (Sarah Elwood and Rina Ghose).

Section Two: Ontological Understanding.

10. Cartographic Communication and Geographic Understanding (1976) (Leonard Guelke).

11. Reflection Essay:Cartographic Communication and Geographic Understanding (Mordechai (Muki) Haklay and Catherine Emma (Kate) Jones).

12. A Conceptual Framework and Comparison of Spatial Data Models (1984) (Donna J. Peuquet).

13. Reflection Essay: A Conceptual Framework and Comparison of Spatial Data Models (Jeremy Mennis).

14. Designs on Signs: Myth and Meaning in Maps (1986) (Denis Wood and John Fels).

15. Reflection Essay: Designs on Signs/Myth and Meaning in Maps (Denis Wood and John Fels).

Section Three: Politics and Society.

16. Deconstructing the Map (1989) (J.B. Harley).

17. Reflection Essay: Deconstructing the Map (Jeremy W. Crampton). 

18. Cartography Without ‘Progress’: Reinterpreting the Nature and Historical Development of Mapmaking (1993) (Matthew H. Edney).

19. Reflection Essay: Progress and the Nature of ‘Cartography’(Jeremy W. Crampton). (Matthew H. Edney).

20. Between Demythologizing and Deconstructing the Map: Shawnadithit’s New-Found-Land and the Alienation of Canada (1995) (Matthew Sparke).

21. The Look of Surveillance Returns: Reflection Essay: Between Demythologizing and Deconstructing the Map (Matt Sparke).


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