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The Political Mapping of Cyberspace

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As inherently spatial beings, our sense of space in cyberspace challenges all that is familiar in terms of our ability to define, organize, govern, and map social places. In The Political Mapping of Cyberspace, Jeremy Crampton shows that cyberspace is not the virtual reality we think it to be, but instead a rich geography of political practices and power relations.

Using concepts and methods derived from the work of Michel Foucault, Crampton outlines a new mapping of cyberspace to help define the role of space in virtual worlds and to provide constructive ways in which humans can exist in another spatial dimension. He delineates the critical role maps play in constructing the medium as an object of knowledge and demonstrates that by processes of mapping we come to understand cyberspace. Maps, he argues, shape political thinking about cyberspace, and he deploys in-depth case studies of crime mapping, security maintenance, and geo-surveillance to show how we map ourselves onto cyberspace, inexorably, and indelibly.

Offering a powerful reinterpretation of technology and contemporary life, this innovative book will be an essential touchstone for the study of cartography and cyberspace in the twenty-first century.

Synopsis:

This book is about the politics of cyberspace. It shows that cyberspace is no mere virtual reality but a rich geography of practices and power relations. Using concepts and methods derived from the work of Michel Foucault, Jeremy Crampton explores the construction of digital subjectivity, web identity and authenticity, as well as the nature and consequences of the digital divide between the connected and those abandoned in limbo. He demonstrates that it is by processes of mapping that we understand cyberspace and in doing so delineates the critical role maps play in constructing cyberspace as an object of knowledge. Maps, he argues, shape political thinking about cyberspace, and he deploys in-depth case studies of crime mapping, security and geo-surveillance to show how we map ourselves onto cyberspace, inexorably and indelibly.

Clearly argued and vigorously written this book offers a powerful reinterpretation of cyberspace, politics, and contemporary life.

Synopsis:

This book is about the politics of cyberspace. It shows that cyberspace is no mere virtual reality but a rich geography of practices and power relations. Using concepts and methods derived from the work of Michel Foucault, Jeremy Crampton explores the construction of digital subjectivity, web identity and authenticity, as well as the nature and consequences of the digital divide between the connected and those abandoned in limbo. He demonstrates that it is by processes of mapping that we understand cyberspace and in doing so delineates the critical role maps play in constructing cyberspace as an object of knowledge. Maps, he argues, shape political thinking about cyberspace, and he deploys in-depth case studies of crime mapping, security and geo-surveillance to show how we map ourselves onto cyberspace, inexorably and indelibly.

Clearly argued and vigorously written this book offers a powerful reinterpretation of cyberspace, politics, and contemporary life.

About the Author

Jeremy W. Crampton is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Georgia State University. He is the author of numerous articles on social and technical aspects of mapping.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Being Virtually There: The Spatial Problematics of "Cyberspace"

The production of cyberspace

Subjectification and cyberspace

Governmentality as the "contact point"

Confession and parrhesia

Case studies in the production of cyberspace

Mind the gap

Towards a critical politics of the practice of mapping

Conclusion

PART I CARTOGRAPHIC POWER-KNOWLEDGES

2. The History of Internet Mapping

Definition of distributed mapping and scope of chapter

Critical theoretical issues of distributed mapping

The history of distributed mapping as a mode of cartography

Distributed mapping in historical context early developments

Cartography and GIS

The history of the Web and contemporary development of distributed mapping

Implications of distributed mapping

Conclusion

3. Why Mapping is Political

Horizons of possibility

Theory and practice in cartography

"The fisherman's problem": ontic and ontological knowledges

How we might do philosophical thinking

Problematizing the essential lie

Towards a critical politics of cartography

Summary

PART II TECHNOLOGIES OF THE SELF

4. Authenticity and Authentication

Authenticity as authentication

What space for authenticity?

Technologies of the self

Authenticity of place as a political project: against the "confession" of the map

Self-writing as non-confessional practice of the self

5. Communities in Cyberspace: Confession and Parrhesia

On speaking your mind

Blogging and community

On confession and cyberspace

Confession throughout cyberspace

Resistance: blogging as self-writing

Resistance as parrhesia

PART III CASE STUDIES IN THE PRODUCTION OF CYBERSPACE

6. Disciplinary Cyberspaces: Security and Surveillance

Early applications of crime-mapping

Governmentality

Digital crime-mapping and surveillance

Is privacy the issue?

The risks of security

7. Geographies of the Digital Divide

Some terms and issues

The digital divide at different scales

Divides and lags

Wealth and connectivity

From the global to the regional: Atlanta in context

From the regional to the local: Atlanta in detail

Addressing the divide with GIS

Beyond the digital divide

PART IV CONCLUSION

8. Positivities of Power, Possibilities of Pleasure

Mapping as Befindlichkeit and Verlorenheit

Positivities of power

Possibilities of pleasure

Conclusions

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226117461
Author:
Crampton, Jeremy W.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Internet
Subject:
Cartography
Subject:
Political aspects
Subject:
Information society
Subject:
Cyberspace
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Cyberspace - Political aspects
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Heritage of Sociology
Series Volume:
3150
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 halftones, 13 line drawings, 6 tables
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.19 x 6.63 x 0.5 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
This book is about the politics of cyberspace. It shows that cyberspace is no mere virtual reality but a rich geography of practices and power relations. Using concepts and methods derived from the work of Michel Foucault, Jeremy Crampton explores the construction of digital subjectivity, web identity and authenticity, as well as the nature and consequences of the digital divide between the connected and those abandoned in limbo. He demonstrates that it is by processes of mapping that we understand cyberspace and in doing so delineates the critical role maps play in constructing cyberspace as an object of knowledge. Maps, he argues, shape political thinking about cyberspace, and he deploys in-depth case studies of crime mapping, security and geo-surveillance to show how we map ourselves onto cyberspace, inexorably and indelibly.

Clearly argued and vigorously written this book offers a powerful reinterpretation of cyberspace, politics, and contemporary life.

"Synopsis" by ,
This book is about the politics of cyberspace. It shows that cyberspace is no mere virtual reality but a rich geography of practices and power relations. Using concepts and methods derived from the work of Michel Foucault, Jeremy Crampton explores the construction of digital subjectivity, web identity and authenticity, as well as the nature and consequences of the digital divide between the connected and those abandoned in limbo. He demonstrates that it is by processes of mapping that we understand cyberspace and in doing so delineates the critical role maps play in constructing cyberspace as an object of knowledge. Maps, he argues, shape political thinking about cyberspace, and he deploys in-depth case studies of crime mapping, security and geo-surveillance to show how we map ourselves onto cyberspace, inexorably and indelibly.

Clearly argued and vigorously written this book offers a powerful reinterpretation of cyberspace, politics, and contemporary life.

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