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Mapping, Society, and Technology

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Steven Manson, University of Minnesota

Copyright Year: 2017

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

Language: English

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Reviewed by Alexander Tarr, Assistant Professor, Worcester State University on 6/30/20

As the title suggests, "Mapping, Society, and Technology" provides an excellent overview of the fundamentals of mapping as a technology in contemporary society (admittedly and understandably skewed towards the Global North). The book works well as... read more

Reviewed by Erick Howenstine, Department Chairperson, Northeastern Illinois University on 5/5/20

There is no way a single short text can cover all the elements in this title, so I will review the text as an introduction to cartography. From that view, the array of subjects covered is excellent, it's well organized, and is nicely represented... read more

Reviewed by Cady Carmichael, Professor, College of Alameda on 10/20/19

The textbook is very appropriate and effective in its intent to introduce the uses, significance, and potential issues of mapping. Readers will benefit from the organization and clear structure of this text. I really appreciated the inclusion of... read more

Table of Contents

1. Maps, Society, and Technology

  • 1.1 Maps, Society, & Technology
  • 1.2 A Very Short History
  • 1.3 Maps & Liberal Education
  • 1.4 Conclusion

2. Data

  • 2.1 What are Spatial Data?
  • 2.2 Collecting Spatial Data
  • 2.3 Metadata
  • 2.4 Census Data
  • 2.5 Data Concepts & Problems
  • 2.6 Mapping Tools
  • 2.7 Conclusion

3. Scale and Projections

  • 3.1 Scale
  • 3.2 Extent vs. Resolution
  • 3.3 Coordinates & Projections
  • 3.4 Projection Mechanics
  • 3.5 Conclusion

4. Design and Symbolization

  • 4.1 Map Elements
  • 4.2 Design Principles
  • 4.3 Symbolization
  • 4.4 Conclusion

5. Simplification

  • 5.1 Thematic Map Types
  • 5.2 Standardization
  • 5.3 Classification
  • 5.4 Generalization
  • 5.5 Conclusion

6. Analysis

  • 6.1 Point Pattern Analysis
  • 6.2 Autocorrelation Analysis
  • 6.3 Proximity Analysis
  • 6.4 Correlation Analysis
  • 6.6 Conclusion

7. Lying With Maps

  • 7.1 Little lies
  • 7.2 Big Lies
  • 7.3 Conclusion

8. Surveillance

  • 8.1 Surveillance
  • 8.2 Inside Surveillance
  • 8.3 Outside Surveillance
  • 8.4 Conclusion

9. Social Maps

  • 9.1 Volunteered Information
  • 9.2 Neogeography
  • 9.3 Digital Divides
  • 9.4 Digital Maps, Real world
  • 9.5 Conclusion

10. Conclusion

  • Author and Publication Information
  • Acknowledgments

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  • About the Book

    This book is about how to read, use, and create maps. Our exploration of maps will be informed by a contextual understanding of how maps reflect the relationship between society and technology, and how mapping is an essential form of scientific and artistic inquiry. We will also explore how mapping is used to address a variety of societal issues, such as land use planning and political gerrymandering. You will gain insight into the technical underpinnings of mapping as a science approach, complement on-going interest and activities, or provide an applied focus for research or policy.

    About the Contributors


    Steven Manson with contributing authors Laura Matson, Melinda Kernik, Eric Deluca, Dudley Bonsal, and Sara Nelson

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