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By John Pickles

This ebook offers a necessary 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 during which we live.
Going past the point of interest of conventional cartography, the e-book attracts on examples of using maps from the 16th century to the current, together with their function in tasks of the nationwide and colonial country, emergent capitalism and the planetary awareness of the common sciences. It additionally considers using maps for army reasons, maps that experience coded smooth conceptions of wellbeing and fitness, illness and social personality, and maps of the obvious human physique and the obvious earth.

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The issue has only become more complicated not less. Modern cartography is now completely bound to new technologies and practices of computer-assisted information storage and retrieval, graphic display, image production and electro-digital communication. That this has changed both the character of the map and the nature of the map-makers' craft seems undeniable. We must understand what it means for a theory of maps (see Derrida 1981: 13). In traditional theory, the inscription itself has no intrinsic value, only serving to record a discourse that has already taken place or an idea already formed (either in speech, in the mind of the author or in action).

This instrumentalist and technicist view of writing valorizes essence over the written form, and is to be overcome by focusing on the exteriority of the written work. In this view, writing is merely the external expression of speech, and writing and speech are merely the external expression of thought (Ulmer 1985: 7). Can a theory of writing and reading move us beyond such logics and in ways that do not trivialize or literalize the tracings and inscriptions of culture? ] One might also speak of athletic writing, and with even greater certainty about military or political writing in view of the techniques that govern those domains today.

Is this to be characterized as a propaganda or a political map, but the more standard northern orientation of other modern maps is not simply because the latter has been accepted as the norm? What are the limits of standards and norms, and when is a nOrm itself a form of propaganda? Is the distinction between propaganda and scientific cartography dependent on specific moral and historical judgements about accepted practice? Does scientific cartography not use the arts of persuasion, distortion and aesthetics?

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