A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, Mapping and the by John Pickles
By John Pickles
This e-book 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 usual sciences. It additionally considers using maps for army reasons, maps that experience coded smooth conceptions of well-being, ailment and social personality, and maps of the obvious human physique and the obvious earth.
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And, if we cut our interpretation loose from the author'S intention, how do we understand the meaning of a map? Strict concern for the mens auctoris would, of course, place us in an untenable position as social scientists. The antiquarian may claim to bracket his/her present world and become immersed 'fully' in the world of the other, of the past, of the author. This option is not open to the social scientist (nor, practically, even to the antiquarian). We ask questions from the standpoint of the present, and we carry out a retrieval of the author, his/her intentions, and the work, in order to make them meaningful in our present worlds (be they conceptually, temporally or geographically removed).
The caption here is also a parasitic, albeit essential, part of the map. First, it merely illustrates the image, often through a repetition of the more obvious content of the map image itself. Second, What do maps represent? 53 'the text loads the image, bUf(iening it with a culture, a moral, an imagination' (Barthes 1978: 26). The caption also reinterprets the map and points us to specific or specified meanings; the caption circumscribes our reading of the map. Third, the map image itself is also linguistic.
The result is the need for a strong debate about the ethics of representational practices and cartographic goals. In this debate, Harley (1990: 2) sought to foster a public agenda that seeks through an open debate to extend cartographic consciousness beyond a narrow concern with 'accuracy' or 'utility' as the sole ethical yardsticks. It will become clear that I believe that our discourse about maps, whether historical or modern, should be more responsive to social issues such as those relating to the environment, poverty, or to the ways in which the rights and cultures of minorities are represented on maps.