5.1. Introductory Essay: Power and Politics of Mapping

  1. Martin Dodge1,
  2. Rob Kitchin2 and
  3. Chris Perkins1
  1. Rob Kitchin2,
  2. Martin Dodge1 and
  3. Chris Perkins1

Published Online: 24 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470979587.ch50

The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation

The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation

How to Cite

Kitchin, R., Dodge, M. and Perkins, C. (2011) Introductory Essay: Power and Politics of Mapping, in The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation (eds M. Dodge, R. Kitchin and C. Perkins), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470979587.ch50

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Department of Geography, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

  2. 2

    National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis and Department of Geography, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Geography, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

  2. 2

    National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis and Department of Geography, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470742839

Online ISBN: 9780470979587

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Keywords:

  • power and politics of mapping - how power is captured in and communicated through maps;
  • mapping, a key device - in formation of nation states, colonial projections of power;
  • maps, being important devices - forming national identity and nation building;
  • new scientific approach - enabling maps to become ‘immutable mobiles’;
  • maps, vital part in cycle of knowledge accumulation - explorers, bringing lands back with them;
  • meaning and power of maps;
  • Cartesian rationality of modern cartography;
  • mapping potential - reinforcing able-bodied stereotypes;
  • cartographic power, surveillant knowledge and spatial control;
  • significant tactic in counter-cartography - changing scale and opening up authorship

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Cartographic power, nation building and colonial conquest

  • The meaning and power of maps

  • Cartographic power, surveillant knowledge and spatial control

  • Cartographic power, counter-maps and participatory mapping

  • Conclusion

  • References