Mapping It Out: Expository Cartography for the Humanities and Social Sciences / Edition 2

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Writers know only too well how long it can take--and how awkward it can be--to describe spatial relationships with words alone. And while a map might not always be worth a thousand words, a good one can help writers communicate an argument or explanation clearly, succinctly, and effectively.

In his acclaimed How to Lie with Maps, Mark Monmonier showed how maps can distort facts. In Mapping it Out: Expository Cartography for the Humanities and Social Sciences, he shows authors and scholars how they can use expository cartography--the visual, two-dimensional organization of information--to heighten the impact of their books and articles.

This concise, practical book is an introduction to the fundamental principles of graphic logic and design, from the basics of scale to the complex mapping of movement or change. Monmonier helps writers and researchers decide when maps are most useful and what formats work best in a wide range of subject areas, from literary criticism to sociology. He demonstrates, for example, various techniques for representing changes and patterns; different typefaces and how they can either clarify or confuse information; and the effectiveness of less traditional map forms, such as visibility base maps, frame-rectangle symbols, and complementary scatterplot designs for conveying complex spatial relationships.

There is also a wealth of practical information on map compilation, cartobibliographies, copyright and permissions, facsimile reproduction, and the evaluation of source materials. Appendixes discuss the benefits and limitations of electronic graphics and pen-and-ink drafting, and how to work with a cartographic illustrator.

Clearly written, and filled with real-world examples, Mapping it Out demystifies mapmaking for anyone writing in the humanities and social sciences.

"A useful guide to a subject most people probably take too much for granted. It shows how map makers translate abstract data into eye-catching cartograms, as they are called. It combats cartographic illiteracy. It fights cartophobia. It may even teach you to find your way."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

Monmonier shows authors and scholars how they can use expository cartography--the visual, two-dimensional organization of information--to heighten the impact of their books and articles. A concise, practical book that introduces the fundamental principles of graphic logic and design. 112 maps. 1 halftone.

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A concise guide to principles of graphic logic and design, intended for a readership often negligent of the need for maps in their writings. It is more needed by the editors who allow geography-dependent monographs to slop into print illuminated by no usable map. A very important message. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

1 Maps in the Humanities and Social Sciences 1
Words and Maps 4
Maps, Location, and Spatial Pattern 12
2 Scale, Perspective, and Generalization 19
Scale Models and the Representation of Scale 22
Global Perspective and the Distortion of Size and Shape 31
Regional Perspectives and the Conservation of Distance 42
Some General Rules 52
3 Visual Variables and Cartographic Symbols 55
The Visual Variables of Jacques Bertin 58
Form and Function in Cartographic Representation 76
Accessible Coding and Cartographic Goals 88
4 Map Goals, Map Titles, and Creative Labeling 91
Communication Goals, Map Content, and Graphic Hierarchies 93
Typography as Cartographic Symbol 105
Language and Cartographic Communication 116
5 Cartographic Sources and Map Compilation 119
Searching for Cartographic Information 122
Copyright and Permissions 139
The Mechanics of Compilation 147
In Summary: Seek and Collect 156
6 Statistical Maps, Data Scaling, and Data Classification 157
Mapping Count Data 159
Mapping Intensity Data 167
Modifications for Greater Effectiveness 177
The Ethics of One-Map Solutions 185
7 Mapping Movement, Change, and Process 187
Mapping Flows 189
Spatial-Temporal Series and Maps of Change 193
Distance Cartograms and Relative Space 198
Fronts and Frontiers: Mapping War and Settlement 200
The Map as a Narrative 203
8 Relational Maps and Integrative Cartography 207
Patterns, Trends, and Spatial Models 209
Superposition and Additive Overlays 220
Representing Geographic Correlation 227
Integrating Maps, Graphs, Words, and Pictures 242
App. A Drawing Media: Electronic Graphics or Pen-and-Ink Drafting 247
Tools for Compilation 248
Tools for Symbolization 251
Tools for Labeling 253
Software Compatibility and Planning 254
App. B Working with a Cartographic Illustrator 257
Working Relationships 257
What the Illustrator Will Need to Know 260
App. C Selected Readings 263
Notes 267
Sources of Illustrations 289
Index 293
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