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The New Nature of Maps: Essays in the History of Cartography

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"Harley was an iconoclast, subverting traditional approaches to map-making by drawing together art history, literature, philosophy and visual culture. It's a view that can now be savored in his collected essays." — New Scientist

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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.

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ISBN:
9780801870903
Editor:
Laxton, Paul
Introduction:
Andrews, J. H.
Introduction by:
Andrews, J. H.
Introduction:
Andrews, J. H.
Editor:
Laxton, Paul
Author:
Harley, J. B.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
Geography-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.34x6.14x.77 in. 1.09 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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