Friday, July 24, 2009

Rethinking Maps

A copy of my new book, Rethinking Maps, edited with Martin Dodge and Chris Perkins both at the University of Manchester also turned up in the post this week. The book examines the diverse ways in which maps are now produced given new technologies (including GIS, Sat-Nav, LBS, GPS, remote sensing, Web 2.0 applications), and new ways of thinking about the ontological and epistemological bases of cartography.

Traditionally maps are conceived as portraying the truth of spatial relations of the world. In the book, the contributors consider maps as social constructs, as inscriptions, as proscriptions, as actants, as practices (there are no maps only mappings), seeking to re-imagine the theoretical underpinnings of cartography and how it is philosophically constituted. Page proofs of the opening chapter are available here.

At 80 GBP it’s an absolute bargain! We’re now working on a collection for Wiley – The Map Reader - that will bring together some of the most influential articles concerning how to think about maps published over the 70 or 80 years.

(To paraphrase Rene Magritte) Ceci n'est pas une carte - This is not a map. Discuss ...


Dorte H said...

I remember how amazed I was when I realized it was possible to produce world maps which did not show Europe as the centre.

So at least I have grasped that a map is only part of the truth LOL

Rob Kitchin said...

Hi Dorte. Of course to anyone in Australia the map is not only centred on the wrong place but the wrong way up. For a collection of 'corrected' maps see

Dorte H said...

Great collection! I must remember to show my younger brother who is very interested in atlases.

It is always good for a reader & writer to see things from a new perspective :D

Uriah Robinson said...

The Peters Atlas showed the correct size of Europe compared with North Africa, and that was a real eye opener.