Mapping Reality

An Exploration of Cultural Cartographies

  • Authors
  • Geoff King

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Geoff King
    Pages 1-17
  3. Geoff King
    Pages 18-39
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    Pages 40-56
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    Pages 57-77
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 186-216

About this book


An original and wide-ranging study of the mappings used to impose meaning on the world, Mapping Reality argues that maps create rather than merely represent the ground on which they rest. Distinctions between map and territory questioned by some theorists of the postmodern have always been arbitrary. From the history of cartography to the mappings of culture, sexuality and nation, Geoff King draws on an extensive range of materials, including mappings imposed in the colonial settlement of America, the Cold War, Vietnam and the events since the collapse of the Soviet bloc. He argues for a deconstruction of the opposition between map and territory to allow dominant mappings to be challenged, their contours redrawn and new grids imposed.


America argue bibliography Cold War construction culture event history history of literature idealism Materialism nation settlement Soviet bloc Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

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