Maps and Politics
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Most users rely on the accuracy and objectivity of maps and do not see the process of map-making as political. Questioning this seeming objectivity, Jeremy Black asks 'are the power and purpose of maps inherently political?' He examines various aspects of modern cartography - its use in mapping the world and its peoples, socio-economic issues, politics, frontiers and war - to show how the apparent 'objectivity' is a selective process on the part of both cartographer and reader, and that map-making and map-using cannot be divorced from the politics of representation.