Volume 50, Number 1, Spring 2015

Special issue – “Deconstructing the Map”: 25 Years On

Articles to include:

Introduction: The Limits to Deconstructing the Map

Reuben Rose-Redwood

special issue marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of
J.B. Harley’s “Deconstructing the Map” (1989), which has had a major
influence in the fields of critical cartography, the history of
cartography, and human geography more generally. Over the last quarter
century, this essay and related works have also been widely cited by
scholars from a broad range of disciplines across the social sciences
and humanities, serving as a key reference for those seeking to theorize
the spatial politics of maps and mapping. Through such citational
practices, “Deconstructing the Map” has acquired a canonical status as
one of the classics of critical cartographic theory, yet the limitations
of its theoretical and methodological analyses are widely acknowledged
even by Harley’s strongest supporters. The contributors to this special
issue discuss their own critical engagements with this foundational text
as well as the extent to which Harley’s work still resonates with
contemporary perspectives in the field of critical cartography today.
The broader aim of this collection is therefore not to further canonize
Harley as the patron saint of critical cartography but rather to think
through the limits of “Deconstructing the Map” to ensure that current
and future theorizations of the power of mapping remain open to
self-critique and new becomings.

Cartography and Its Discontents

Matthew H. Edney

This Is Not about Old Maps

Denis Wood

“Snapshots of a Moving Target”: Harley/Foucault/Colonialism

Daniel Clayton

Reflections on J.B. Harley’s “Deconstructing the Map”

John Krygier

Harley and Friday Harbor: A Conversation with John Pickles

Jeremy Crampton and Matthew W. Wilson

Reflecting on J.B. Harley’s Influence and What He Missed in “Deconstructing the Map”

Martin Dodge and Chris Perkins

Tracing the Map in the Age of Web 2.0

Wen Lin

Still Deconstructing the Map: Microfinance Mapping and the Visual Politics of Intimate Abstraction

Sarah Elwood

Deconstructing the Map after 25 Years: Furthering Engagements with Social Theory

Leila M. Harris

Looking “beyond” Power: J.B. Harley’s Legacy and the Powers of Cartographic World-Making

Reuben Rose-Redwood


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