Decolonizing the Map: Cartography from Colony to Nation (The by James R. Akerman

By James R. Akerman

Almost universally, newly self sufficient states search to confirm their independence and id through making the creation of recent maps and atlases a best precedence. For previously colonized peoples, besides the fact that, this procedure neither starts nor ends with independence, and it truly is hardly ever trouble-free. Mapping their very own land is fraught with a clean set of concerns: how to find and administer their territories, improve their nationwide identification, determine their function locally of countries, and extra. The members to Decolonizing the Map discover this advanced dating among mapping and decolonization whereas attractive with contemporary theoretical debates concerning the nature of decolonization itself.


These essays, initially added because the 2010 Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures within the background of Cartography on the Newberry Library, surround greater than centuries and 3 continents—Latin the United States, Africa, and Asia. starting from the overdue eighteenth century throughout the mid-twentieth, participants research themes from mapping and nationwide identification in past due colonial Mexico to the iconic problems created via the partition of British India and the racialized association of area in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. a necessary contribution to reviews of either colonization and cartography, Decolonizing the Map is the 1st e-book to systematically and comprehensively learn the engagement of mapping within the long—and essentially unfinished—parallel tactics of decolonization and state construction within the glossy world.

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