A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, Mapping and the Geo-Coded World

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Routledge, Nov 12, 2012 - Science - 256 pages
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This book provides an essential insight into the practices and ideas of maps and map-making. It draws on a wide range of social theorists, and theorists of maps and cartography, to show how maps and map-making have shaped the spaces in which we live.
Going beyond the focus of traditional cartography, the book draws on examples of the use of maps from the sixteenth century to the present, including their role in projects of the national and colonial state, emergent capitalism and the planetary consciousness of the natural sciences. It also considers the use of maps for military purposes, maps that have coded modern conceptions of health, disease and social character, and maps of the transparent human body and the transparent earth.
 

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This has the obvious cartographic emphasis. However, it may help us understand a) some of the history behind the notions of space and b) some of the meanings that people give to spaces (ie here often maps). Read full review

Contents

Deconstructing the map
25
The overcoded world a genealogy of modern mapping
73
Investing bodies in depth
143
Conclusion
177
Notes
195
References
202
Index
224
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John Pickles is Earl N. Phillips Distinguished Professor of International Studies and Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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