Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Rethinking the Power of Maps

A contemporary follow-up to the bestselling Power of Maps, this book takes a fresh look at what maps do, whose interests they serve, and how they can be used in surprising, creative, and radical ways.

In Rethinking the Power of Maps, Denis Wood describes how cartography facilitated the rise of the modern state and how maps continue to embody and project the interests of their creators. He demystifies the hidden assumptions of map making and explores the promises and limitations of diverse counter-mapping practices today.

Thought-provoking illustrations include U.S. Geological Survey maps; electoral and transportation maps; and numerous examples of critical cartography, participatory GIS, and map art.

1 comment:

wil said...

wow! I think I've found a home! i will be getting that book.

I wrote something about this on my website last year -

Remap Manifesto:

So glad someone else has the same understanding!

I came across this through Erle Ellis' twitter feed, after finding him when researching about the anthropocene, also something I've been writing about: