By John Pickles
This publication presents an important 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 recognition of the typical sciences. It additionally considers using maps for army reasons, maps that experience coded sleek conceptions of overall healthiness, affliction and social personality, and maps of the obvious human physique and the obvious earth.
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36 Deconstructing the map SECOND CRISIS OF REPRESENTATION: JOHN KIRTLAND WRlGill AND THE SUBJECTIVE NATURE OF MAPS It was precisely this emerging scientistic notion of maps that prompted John Kirtland Wright to write his classic essay: 'Map-makers are human: comments on the subjective in maps'. First published in wartime conditions in 1942, the essay was concerned with the emergence of propagandistic cartographies of various kinds. But the essay has rarely been read in this context, partly because of the circulation of it through his collected works, published in 1966, and partly because of the ways in which his geometry of modernity (a binary of objectivity and sUbjectivity) and his moralist tones were so readily adapfM to anti-political post-war discourses.
For Harley (and for geographers and cartographers since), the map was a social product and a social actor, a product of and embedded in complex networks of social relations and interests. Like any other technology and product, the map must be interrogated in its social contexts of emergence, dissemination, and use. But for Harley (1990: 1) the writing of a social history of cartography as a set of practices was even more crucial. The crisis of representation is also a crisis of democratic practice and ethics in which technical knowledge (in particular digital geographical information systems) displaces more accessible hard-copy maps that have, for generations, allowed a certain kind of public practice and exercise of civil society in the face of power.
Before Cezanne, every painting was to some extent like a view seen through a window. Courbet had tried to open the window and climb out. Cezanne broke the glass. The room became part of the landscape, the viewer part of the view. Thus the challenge of modern art and modern science is to work through the implications of accepting the inevitability of our participation. ' Failure to come to terms with this participation has serious consequences. 's materialism with Cezanne's dialectical view of 54 Deconstructing the map the image.