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Rethinking the Power of Maps
   
   
A contemporary follow-up to the bestselling Power of Maps, this book takes a fresh look at what maps do, whose interests they serve, and how they can be used in surprising, creative, and radical ways. Denis Wood describes how cartography facilitated the rise of the modern state and how maps continue to embody and project the interests of their creators. He demystifies the hidden assumptions of map making and explores the promises and limitations of diverse counter-mapping practices today. Thought-provoking illustrations include U.S. Geological Survey maps; electoral and transportation maps; and numerous examples of critical cartography, participatory GIS, and map art. Translation: Korean.
     
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"Rethinking the Power of Maps sharpens the argument of Wood's earlier work and focuses its attention on the construction of power. Every student of cartography should take notice."

-Nicholas Chrisman, Department of Geomatic Sciences, Université Laval

The new edition of the Power of Maps retains the essential core of the first edition, but incorporates important and optimistic new material: it will stand out as the culmination of a lifetime’s writing. In an age when mapping is sexy again Wood explains why it should matter to everyone, explores how maps came to be deployed by states, and how the authority of the image is now being used by many different voices. This is a carefully developed humanist argument for a critical approach to mapping, strongly academic, but reassuringly accessible. Denis Wood’s work always challenges – the passionate style and panache of his scholarship carries the reader along and persuades us to listen to his original ideas. Mapping and counter-mapping are brought together for the first time. Researchers and students across the social sciences, and indeed from all disciplines, should read this book and take its lessons to heart!

-Chris Perkins of the University of Manchester

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Denis expands on the concluding chapter of his Rethinking the Power of Mapsin this interview with Linda Quiquivix about maps and space in Israel and Palestine.

 

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