By John Pickles
This publication offers a necessary perception into the practices and concepts of maps and map-making. It attracts on quite a lot 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 focal point of conventional cartography, the ebook attracts on examples of using maps from the 16th century to the current, together with their position in initiatives of the nationwide and colonial kingdom, emergent capitalism and the planetary attention of the usual sciences. It additionally considers using maps for army reasons, maps that experience coded glossy conceptions of well-being, disorder and social personality, and maps of the obvious human physique and the obvious earth.
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Is the text the one it is claimed to be? Is the ascribed authorship correct? Did the text fulfil the role it is claimed to have filled? Is it a coherent whole? What does the text say about its own world? What does the text now mean? What is the relationship between the meaning of a text and the intention of the author in creating it? Given that some of these texts may have been authored by people who are no longer known or who were anonymous at the time of production, that they may have originated in worlds about which we now know little or nothing, and that only fragments may now be extant, are we really able to retrieve the mens auctoris (the author's intention)?
Harley began his 'Deconstructing the map' with a basic question and surprising answer. He asked, what is a map? And he answered, 'cartography is seldom what cartographers say it is' (Harley 1989b: 1). For most cartographers, [tlhe object of mapping is to produce a 'correct' relational model of the terrain. Its assumptions are that the objects in the world to be mapped are real and objective, and that they enjoy an existence independent of the cartographer; that their reality can be expressed in mathematical terms; that systematic observation and measurement offer the only route to cartographic truth; and that this truth can be independently verified.
At least in principle, several conditions guide all interpretations. Interpretation assumes that the integrity of the meaning of the text must be preserved in such a way that meaning is derived from, not projected into, the text. That is, for meaningful discussion about a text an interpreter must first bring him/herself into attunement with the text. This is not a slavish adherence to the text or the tradition to which it belongs. Indeed, as Foucault and others have suggested, the attunement might well be one of seeking the absences, fault-lines, and erasures in the text.
A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, Mapping and the Geo-Coded World (Frontiers of Human Geography) by John Pickles