The second, thoroughly revised and expanded, edition of The SAGE Handbook of Visual Research Methods presents a wide-ranging exploration and overview of the field today. As in its first edition, the Handbook does not aim to present a consistent view or voice, but rather to exemplify diversity and contradictions in perspectives and techniques. The selection of chapters from the first edition have been fully updated to reflect current developments. New chapters to the second edition cover key topics including picture-sorting techniques, creative methods using artefacts, visual framing analysis, therapeutic uses of images, and various emerging digital technologies and online practices. At the core of all contributions are theoretical and methodological debates about the meanings and study of the visual, presented in vibrant accounts of research design, analytical techniques, fieldwork encounters and data presentation. This handbook presents a unique survey of the discipline that will be essential reading for scholars and students across the social and behavioural sciences, arts and humanities, and far beyond these disciplinary boundaries. The Handbook is organized into seven main sections: PART 1: FRAMING THE FIELD OF VISUAL RESEARCH; PART 2: VISUAL AND SPATIAL DATA PRODUCTION METHODS AND TECHNOLOGIES; PART 3: PARTICIPATORY AND SUBJECT-CENTERED APPROACHES; PART 4: ANALYTICAL FRAMEWORKS AND PERSPECTIVES; PART 5: MULTIMODAL AND MULTISENSORIAL RESEARCH; PART 6: RESEARCHING ONLINE PRACTICES; and PART 7: COMMUNICATING THE VISUAL: FORMATS AND CONCERNS.

Chapter 10: Expanding Cartographic Practices in the Social Sciences

Expanding Cartographic Practices in the Social Sciences

Expanding cartographic practices in the social sciences
Innisfree Mckinnon Jessica Mccallum Breen


We live in the age of mapping. More maps exist today than at any other time in history, and this mapping explosion just continues to expand as digital technologies allow new maps to proliferate. Twenty years ago, geographic information systems, like earlier cartographic methods, required extensive specialized knowledge and expertise. Today, the advent of software-as-service models, open-source software, and a growing number of support resources make it possible for anyone with a desktop computer and an internet connection to become a cartographer.

Twenty years ago, many intellectuals would have considered maps only as part of their efforts to ...

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