Community Mapping Tells a Story

  • John W. Murphy
  • Berkeley A. Franz
  • Jung Min Choi
  • Karen A. Callaghan


Community mapping has become a vital part of many health projects. The point of this activity is to provide a geographic, visual representation of a neighborhood or some other area. In this case, the visual metaphor suggests that events and behavior will be viewed from a distance and, thus, have an objective cast. The resulting “visualization” tends to reduce objects to a “cold image” (Lefebvre 1991: 286). Accordingly, what Martin Jay calls “ocular centrism” seems to dominate this practice (1994). In fact, this sort of mapping has become almost synonymous with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the use of other high-tech strategies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Murphy
    • 1
  • Berkeley A. Franz
    • 2
  • Jung Min Choi
    • 3
  • Karen A. Callaghan
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Social MedicineOhio University Heritage College of Osteopathic MedicineAthensUSA
  3. 3.Department of SociologySan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA
  4. 4.Dean, College of Arts & SciencesBarry UniversityMiami ShoresUSA

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