The New Nature of Maps

The New Nature of Maps Essays in the History of Cartography

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Publisher's Synopsis

In this collection of essays J. B. Harley (1932-1991) draws on ideas in art history, literature, philosophy, and the study of visual culture to subvert the traditional, "positivist" model of cartography, replacing it with one that is grounded in an iconological and semiotic theory of the nature of maps. He defines a map as a "social construction" and argues that maps are not simple representations of reality but exert profound influences upon the way space is conceptualized and organized. A central theme is the way in which power-whether military, political, religious, or economic-becomes inscribed on the land through cartography. In this new reading of maps and map making, Harley undertakes a surprising journey into the nature of the social and political unconscious.

Book information

ISBN: 9780801870903
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 526.09
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 331
Weight: 530g
Height: 224mm
Width: 149mm
Spine width: 19mm