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Cartographic Mexico: A History of State Fixations and Fugitive Landscapes (Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations)

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In Cartographic Mexico, Raymond B. Craib analyzes the powerful role cartographic routines such as exploration, surveying, and mapmaking played in the creation of the modern Mexican state in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Such routines were part of a federal obsession—or “state fixation”—with determining and “fixing” geographic points, lines, and names in order to facilitate economic development and political administration. As well as analyzing the maps that resulted from such routines, Craib examines in close detail the processes that eventually generated them. Taking central Veracruz as a case in point, he shows how in the field, agrarian officials, military surveyors, and metropolitan geographers traversed a “fugitive landscape” of overlapping jurisdictions and use rights, ambiguous borders, shifting place names, and villagers with their own conceptions of history and territory. Drawing on an array of sources—including maps, letters from peasants, official reports, and surveyors’ journals and correspondence—Craib follows the everyday, contested processes through which officials attempted to redefine and codify such fugitive landscapes in struggle with the villagers they encountered in the field. In the process, he vividly demonstrates how surveying and mapmaking were never mere technical procedures: they were, and remain to this day, profoundly social and political practices in which surveyors, landowners, agrarian bureaucrats, and peasants all played powerful and complex roles.

Synopsis:

Analyzes spatial history of 19th and early 20th century Mexico, particularly political uses of mapping and surveying, to demonstrate multiple ways that space can be negotiated in the service of local or national agendas.

About the Author

Raymond B. Craib is Assistant Professor of History at Cornell University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822334163
Author:
Craib, Raymond B
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Craib, Raymond B. B.
Author:
Craib, Raymond B.
Author:
var-Hull, Sonia
Author:
Sonia Sald&iacute
Author:
Mignolo, Walter D.
Author:
var-Hull
Author:
Sald&iacute
Author:
Silverblatt, Irene
Subject:
Atlases - Historical
Subject:
Atlases
Subject:
Travel-Atlases
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations
Publication Date:
20041131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 illus.
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9.26x6.34x.78 in. 1.01 lbs.

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