Mapping modes, methods and moments: a manifesto for map studies

Dodge, Martin and Perkins, Chris and Kitchin, Rob (2009) Mapping modes, methods and moments: a manifesto for map studies. In: Rethinking Maps. Routledge Studies in Human Geography (28) . Routledge, pp. 1-31. ISBN 9780415461528

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By way of conclusion to Rethinking Maps we want to set out a manifesto for map studies for the coming decade. Its goal is to generate ideas and enthusiasm for scholarship that advances our understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of maps, and also enhances the practices of mapping. This is not a call for ever more introspective intellectual navel gazing about maps. Instead it traces routes and methods that might help people to do mapping differently and more productively, in ways that might be more efficient, democratic, sustainable, ethical, or even more fun. This manifesto is, of course, preliminary and partial, coming as it does from a social scientific tradition and the authors’ experiences as Anglophone human geographers. It also focuses on understanding everyday mapping practices and the various sociotechnological infrastructures that are a necessary, but often unquestioned, support for contemporary mapping. The aim is to suggest and provoke. Our manifesto for map studies is structured into three “levels”, firstly looking at modes (“what to study”), secondly, methods (“how to study”), and finally moments (“when and where to study”).

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Preprint version of original published work.
Keywords: Mapping modes; map studies; mapping practices;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 2931
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 16:26
Publisher: Routledge
Refereed: No

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