March 16, 2007


Filed under: cartography, critical cartography — ubikcan @ 3:37 pm

Gunnar Olsson has a new book out on cartography and cartographic reason:

People rely on reason to think about and navigate the abstract world of human relations in much the same way they rely on maps to study and traverse the physical world. Starting from that simple observation, renowned geographer Gunnar Olsson offers in Abysmal an astonishingly erudite critique of the way human thought and action have become deeply immersed in the rhetoric of cartography and how this cartographic reasoning allows the powerful to map out other people’s lives.

Olsson has been writing on these issues for some time. Unfortunately his writing is not always accessible and is often difficult (deliberately so sometimes, he plays with words and of course is writing as ESL).

Here is a short Olsson bib:

Olsson, G. Braids of Justification.
———. 1991. Invisible Maps: A Prospectus. Geografiska Annaler 73 B (1): 85-92.
———. 1991. Lines of Power/Limits of Language. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
———. 1994. Heretic Cartography. Ecumene 1 (3).
———. 1998. Towards a Critique of Cartographical Reason. Ethics, Place and Environment 1 (2): 153-155.
———. 2000. From a = B to a = A. Environment and Planning A 32 (7): 1235-1244.


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