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    Unfolding mapping practices: a new epistemology for cartography

    Kitchin, Rob and Gleeson, Justin and Dodge, Martin (2012) Unfolding mapping practices: a new epistemology for cartography. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Preview. pp. 1-17. ISSN 0020-2754 (Unpublished)

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    In recent years there has been a turn within cartographic theory from a representational to a processual understanding of mapping. Maps have been re-conceptualised as mappings that ceaselessly unfold through contingent, citational, habitual, negotiated, reflexive and playful practices, embedded within relational contexts. In this paper, we explore what this rethinking means for cartographic epistemology, contending that attention needs to be focused on understanding cartography through the lens of practices – how mappings are (re)made in diverse ways (technically, socially, bodily, aesthetically and politically) by people within particular contexts and cultures as solutions to everyday tasks. We detail how these practices can be profitably examined using a suite of methods – genealogies, ethnographies, ethnomethodology, participant observation, observant participation and deconstruction – that are sensitive to capturing and distilling the unfolding and contextual nature of mapping. To illustrate our argument we narrate the unfolding production and consumption of a set of mappings of so-called ‘ghost estates’ in Ireland, a public geography project that has been covered over 300 times in local, national and international media and that has contributed to Irish public discourse and policy debates.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Postprint version of published article. The definitive version of this article is available at Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Early View 2012 DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00540.x
    Keywords: cartography; epistemology; ontogenesis; practice; ghost estates; public geography; NIRSA; National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 3824
    Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
    Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2012 15:36
    Journal or Publication Title: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
    Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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