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The power of maps

Author: Denis Wood; John Fels; Thomas Leiper Kane Collection (Library of Congress. Hebraic Section)
Publisher: New York : Guilford Press, ©1992.
Series: Mappings.
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This volume ventures into terrain where even the most sophisticated map fails to lead -- through the mapmaker's bias. Denis Wood shows how maps are not impartial reference objects, but rather instruments of communication, persuasion, and power. Like paintings, they express a point of view. By connecting us to a reality that could not exists in the absence of maps -- a world of property lines and voting rights,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Denis Wood; John Fels; Thomas Leiper Kane Collection (Library of Congress. Hebraic Section)
ISBN: 0898624924 9780898624922 0898624932 9780898624939
OCLC Number: 26399801
Description: viii, 248 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Maps work by serving interests --
Maps are embedded in a history they help construct --
Every map shows this but not that --
The interest the map serves is masked --
The interest is embodied in the map in signs and myths --
Each sign has a history --
The interest the map serves can be yours.
Series Title: Mappings.
Responsibility: by Denis Wood with John Fels.
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A consideration of maps which evaluates the significance of the signs and myths which are inherent in them, and considers them as subjective depictions of reality rather than unbiased reference  Read more...

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