MAPPING CULTURES: Place, Practice, Performance
Edited by Les Roberts (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012)
"Mapping cultures: place, practice, performance… is at heart, a disciplinary intervention of sorts; a clear demonstration of the depth and wealth of research that becomes possible through collaborative engagements with spatial thinking. Moreover, this book helps set the tone for a wider consideration of the spatial humanities, of mapping and navigating the interdisciplinary landscape, and of the value of cartography in securing points of connection/anchorage between geography and its cognate disciplines." Journal of Cultural Geography 33 (3), 2016.
"The essays are largely compelling and thoughtful, addressing the interdisciplinary theme of the book with creativity and aplomb... Just as they turn towards a theoretically diverse understanding of mapping, the contributions offer a number of thought provoking methodological and pedagogical interpellations of use to anyone interested in using maps conscientiously in research or in the classroom. What this symbiosis brings to our understanding of mapping and their cultures is a welcome addition to a bias towards geographic or cartographic understanding of maps, and a necessary reminder that developments in digital media and the geoweb are certainly not the only ways to comprehend maps and the work they do in new and novel ways." Progress in Human Geography 38 (2), 2014.
"Mapping Cultures offers a collection of innovative studies and theoretical essays, each confronting the diffusion of cartographic method and rhetoric throughout humanities and social science research over the past two decades. . . . [the book] is brimming with insight into the emergent mapping practices and vocabularies by which we might better resist authoritarian, anti-democratic practices, which themselves do work through mapping. And it helps clear a path by which researchers in the humanities and social sciences alike might better understand and express that ‘‘it is not so much what people do with maps as it is what maps do with people’’ (Wood, p. 300). For this alone, the book is an important bridge between the relatively recent innovations of critical cartography, in particular, and a host of other fields just as recently innovated by the methods and metaphors of cartography in general." Cartographica 48 (2), 2013.
"The book closes with a call for a more explicit critical reorientation towards mapping, and map use – a project of the anthropology of cartography (D. Wood). This call seems to be still valid and one can admit that Mapping Cultures: Place, Practice, Performance is a significant step towards achieving the goal. Readers from different disciplines will find valuable contributions – both theoretical and empirical – in the collection. For a tourism researcher or student, the book is thought-provoking for several reasons, not only because of the enhancing awareness of cartography in relation to areas such as cinema, music, travel..." Tourism, Culture and Communication 12, 2013.
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