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Mapping the tropical waters: British views and visions of Rio de Janeiro

Martins, Luciana (1999) Mapping the tropical waters: British views and visions of Rio de Janeiro. In: Cosgrove, D. (ed.) Mappings. London, UK: Reaktion Books, pp. 148-168. ISBN 9781861890214.

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Abstract

Book synopsis: Mappings explores what mapping has meant in the past and how its meanings have altered. How have maps and mapping served to order and represent physical, social and imaginative worlds? How has the practice of mapping shaped modern seeing and knowing? In what ways do contemporary changes in our experience of the world alter the meanings and practice of mapping, and vice versa? In their diverse expressions, maps and the representational processes of mapping have constructed the spaces of modernity since the early Renaissance. The map's spatial fixity, its capacity to frame, control and communicate knowledge through combining image and text, and cartography's increasing claims to scientific authority, make mapping at once an instrument and a metaphor for rational understanding of the world. Among the topics the authors investigate are projective and imaginative mappings; mappings of terraqueous spaces; mapping and localism at the 'chorographic' scale; and mapping as personal exploration.

Item Type: Book Section
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2011 08:08
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2014 13:04
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4125

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