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The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation Hardcover – 12 Apr 2011

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  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (12 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470742836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470742839
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3.3 x 26.7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,970,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Map Reader feels like a rich investigation and compilation, adding to the literature of this relatively overlooked visual culture and bringing together in one place a valuable scholarly documentation and discussion of this important visual medium, along with some suggestion of the enormous potential for where it s going.   (Landscape Ecology, 1 March 2013)

"It is compulsory reading for students, academics and lay readers interested in understanding the appeal and power of maps . It deserves a wide reading audience."  (Int. J. Environment and Pollution, 1 October 2013)

"But for anyone who wants to get the most out of a map, whatever medium it is in, it is fascinating. It is a text–book for map readers, written by map–makers". (Law Society Journal, 1 October 2011)

"I highly recommend the landmark anthology The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation edited by Martin Dodge, Rob Kitchin, and Chris Perkins, to any students, researchers, and interested non–professionals in the areas of cartography, mapping technology, GIScience, social sciences, the media, the visual arts, and industry who are seeking a complete resource on the topic of map making. The articles cover every aspect of this rapidly changing field, written by leading scholars in many very diverse disciplines." (Blog Business World, 2 October 2011)

"Written as a comprehensive guide to cover all of these disciplines The Map Reader ensures that the most important cartographic ideas are made available to researchers, students and cartography enthusiast alike." (PhysOrg.com, 25 May 2011)

From the Back Cover

The Map Reader brings together, for the first time, classic and hard–to–find articles on mapping. Providing a wide–ranging and coherent edited compendium of key scholarly writing about the changing nature of cartography over the last half century. The editorial selection of fifty–five theoretical and thought provoking texts demonstrates how cartography works as a powerful representational form and explores how different mapping practices have been conceptualized in particular scholarly contexts.

Themes covered include paradigms, politics, people, aesthetics and technology. Original interpretative essays set the literature into intellectual context within these themes. Excerpts are drawn from leading scholars and researchers in a range of cognate fields including: Cartography, Geography, Anthropology, Architecture, Engineering, Computer Science and Graphic Design.

The Map Reader provides a new unique single source reference to the essential literature in the cartographic field:

  • More than fifty specially edited excerpts from key, classic articles and monographs
  • Critical introductions by experienced experts in the field
  • Focused coverage of key mapping practices, techniques and ideas
  • A valuable resource suited to a broad spectrum of researchers and students working in cartography and GIScience, geography, the social sciences, media studies, and visual arts
  • Full page colour illustrations of significant maps as provocative visual think–pieces
  • Fully indexed, clearly structured and accessible ways into a fast changing field of cartographic research

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