Maps: Are They Instruments of Power?

N. Richards

Abstract


Maps are powerful instruments that influence our interpretation of the space around us and the phenomena that occur within it. In historical and contemporary contexts maps have been, and are used, to create and perpetuate power, and to legitimate property and political claims. Maps, as with other forms of human communication, inevitably represent the interests, prejudices and goals of the people that create them and therefore need to be interpreted with care.

Keywords


Maps; Power; Politics; History; Contemporary

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