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The New Nature of Maps: Essays in the History of Cartography

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In this collection of essays J. B. Harley (1932-1991) draws on ideas in art history, literature, philosophy, and the study of visual culture to subvert the traditional, "positivist" model of cartography, replacing it with one that is grounded in an iconological and semiotic theory of the nature of maps. He defines a map as a "social construction" and argues that maps are n ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 5th 2002 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published April 17th 2001)
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Bradley
May 27, 2010 Bradley rated it liked it
Helpful but not earth-shattering. The book begins with a long disquisition, by one of Harley's contemporaries, that dissects his writings and exposes his inconsistencies, etc. Harley offers useful tips to the map scholar.
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Mar 31, 2008 Nadxieli Mannello rated it liked it
Good foundational text, but by the time I got around to reading it the ideas seemed pretty conventional (in terms of any critical inquiry).
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