Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS / Edition 1

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The use of maps as a means of conveying geographical information hasn't changed much since ancient times. But the methods of gathering data for map-making, of course, have changed drastically. Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS examines the critical role that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and cartography play in the study of geography and a wide range of disciplines. By exploring topics such as race and identity, the politics of GIS, the mapping of cyberspace, surveillance, and map art, we discover exactly what it means to "use" maps and GIS critically in today's world.

The book also examines the historical development of mapping, reviews the emergence of thematic mapping in modern Europe, and explores how maps produce space and place. Several real-world case studies illustrate key concepts and provide readers with a practical context for the theoretical approaches and ideas being presented. Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS firmly situates mapping at the heart of thinking geographically and provides readers with a solid conceptual foundation in the basic principles of cartography and the technological advances that have changed the face of map-making.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405121736
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Series: Critical Introductions to Geography Series, #4
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 795,228
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy W. Crampton is Associate Professor of Geography at Georgia State University, where he teaches cartography and political geography. He is the author of The Political Mapping of Cyberspace (2003) and Space, Knowledge and Power: Foucault and Geography (edited with Stuart Elden, 2007), and is the editor of the journal Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization.

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Table of Contents

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

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