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Analysing Maps

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Analysing Maps
Harriet, Kyra, Jess, Rebecca
Why geographers deconstruct maps?
"Deconstruction urges us to read between the lines of a map - "in the margins of the text" - and through its tropes to discover the silences and contradictions that challenge the apparent honesty about the image"
(Harley, 1989:3)

"The map has often been interpreted as one of empires most powerful imaginative tool"
(Driver, 2014: 236)
Princeton University in 2003
International Networks Archive Project
Mapping the global web
Starbucks as a
global hub
that
connects
some of the poorest parts of the world with some of the wealthiest.
Globalisation
The use of..
Arrows
Proportional Circles
Colour
Composition
The aims of the map can also be determined by what it does not show.
In Summary
Important for geographers to deconstruct maps as they are ways of representing geographical knowledge.

Maps can be deconstructed through exploring the context in which they are created.

Analysing the methods used to represent geographical data.

Allows geographers to determine the purpose of the map and how it aims to shape the knowledge of the reader.
References
Analyse a map and consider why geographers would want to analyse or deconstruct maps
Crang, M (2014) 'Representation-Reality', in Cloke, P.
et al
(eds).
Introducing Geographies
, Routledge, New York: 130-143

Driver, F (2014) 'Imaginative Geographies', in Cloke, P.
et al
(eds).
Introducing Geographies,
Routledge, New York: 235-261

Harley, J.B. (1989) 'Deconstructing the map',
Cartographica:

The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualisation
, 26 (2): 1-20

International Network Archives,
About the INA,
accessed on 15th November 2014, <http://www.princeton.edu/~ina/about/index.html>.

Soderstrom, O (2005) 'Representation' in Atkinson, D.
et al
(eds).
Cultural Geography: a critical dictionary of key concepts,
IB Tauris, London:11-15.
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