ABSTRACT

Maps are changing. They have become important and fashionable once more. Rethinking Maps brings together leading researchers to explore how maps are being rethought, made and used, and what these changes mean for working cartographers, applied mapping research, and cartographic scholarship. It offers a contemporary assessment of the diverse forms that mapping now takes and, drawing upon a number of theoretic perspectives and disciplines, provides an insightful commentary on new ontological and epistemological thinking with respect to cartography.

This book presents a diverse set of approaches to a wide range of map forms and activities in what is presently a rapidly changing field. It employs a multi-disciplinary approach to important contemporary mapping practices, with chapters written by leading theorists who have an international reputation for innovative thinking. Much of the new research around mapping is emerging as critical dialogue between practice and theory and this book has chapters focused on intersections with play, race and cinema. Other chapters discuss cartographic representation, sustainable mapping and visual geographies. It also considers how alternative models of map creation and use such as open-source mappings and map mash-up are being creatively explored by programmers, artists and activists. There is also an examination of the work of various ‘everyday mappers’ in diverse social and cultural contexts.

This blend of conceptual chapters and theoretically directed case studies provides an excellent resource suited to a broad spectrum of researchers, advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students in human geography, GIScience and cartography, visual anthropology, media studies, graphic design and computer graphics. Rethinking Maps is a necessary and significant text for all those studying or having an interest in cartography.

chapter 1|25 pages

Thinking about maps

ByROB KITCHIN, CHRIS PERKINS, MARTIN DODGE

chapter 2|24 pages

Rethinking maps and identity: Choropleths, clines, and biopolitics

ByJEREMY W. CRAMPTON

chapter 4|15 pages

Web mapping 2.0

ByGEORG GARTNER

chapter 5|14 pages

Modeling the earth: A short history

ByMICHAEL F. GOODCHILD

chapter 6|16 pages

Theirwork: The development of sustainable mapping

ByDOMINICA WILLIAMSON, EMMET CONNOLLY

chapter 8|18 pages

The 39 Steps and the mental map of classical cinema

ByTOM CONLEY

chapter 9|18 pages

The emotional life of maps and other visual geographies

ByJIM CRAINE, STUART C. AITKEN

chapter 10|22 pages

Playing with maps

ByCHRIS PERKINS

chapter 11|31 pages

Ce n’est pas le monde (This is not the world)

ByJOHN KRYGIER, DENIS WOOD

chapter 12|24 pages

Mapping modes, methods and moments: A manifesto for map studies

ByMARTIN DODGE, CHRIS PERKINS, ROB KITCHIN