- Subject index
In Spaces of Culture an international group of scholars examines the implications of questions such as: What is culture? What is the relationship between social structure and culture in a globalized and networked world? Do critical perspectives still apply, or does the speed and complexity of cultural production demand new forms of analysis? They explore the key themes in social theory: the nation state; the city; modernity and reflexivity; post-Fordism and the spatial logic of the informational city. The contributors go on to analyze the public sphere, questioning the reductive representation of technology as a form of instrumentality, and demonstrating how new technologies can offer new spaces of culture. This analys
Chapter 9: Triumphalist Geographies
Contemporary cartographic practices are ahistorical. The dominant representations provide names and jurisdictional boundaries, but the violence that attended the pacification which the maps express is unavailable to the gaze. Much of the ‘spatial history’ frozen in today's maps resulted from the direction choosing, naming and inhabiting of ‘discoverers, explorers, and settlers’ (Carter, 1987: xxi). And while continuing, postcolonial struggles give the geopolitical map much of its contemporary dynamic, the ‘world’ presented to us in maps appears wholly quiescent. Cartographers remain largely complicit with both the original conflictual acts of settlement and the more recent forms of state pacification. In short, the maps reproduce the state-centric structure of global recognition.1
What are most notably absent in the recent history of cartography are alternative ...