Reflexive Cartography: A New Perspective In Mapping by Emanuela Casti

Reflexive Cartography: A New Perspective In Mapping

byEmanuela CastiEditorD.r.f. Taylor

Paperback | August 18, 2015

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Reflexive Cartographyaddresses the adaptation of cartography, including its digital forms (GIS, WebGIS, PPGIS), to the changing needs of society, and outlines the experimental context aimed at mapping a topological space. Using rigorous scientific analysis based on statement consistency, relevance of the proposals, and model accessibility, it charts the transition from topographical maps created by state agencies to open mapping produced by citizens.

Adopting semiotic theory to uncover the complex communicative mechanisms of maps and to investigate their ability to produce their own messages and new perspectives,Reflexive Cartographyoutlines a shift in our way of conceptualizing maps: from a plastic metaphor of reality, as they are generally considered, to solid tools that play the role of agents, assisting citizens as they think and plan their own living place and make sense of the current world.



  • Applies a range of technologies to theoretical perspectives on mapping to innovatively map the world's geographic diversity
  • Features a multi-disciplinary perspective that weaves together geography, the geosciences, and the social sciences through territorial representation
  • Authored and edited by two of the world's foremost cartographic experts who combine more than 60 years of experience in research and in the classroom
  • Presents more than 60 figures to underscore key concepts

About The Author

Emanuela Casti, PhD is Professor and Chair of Geography at the University of Bergamo in Italy as well as Chief of its Diathesis Cartographic Lab, an experimental structure integrated within international networks. Prof. Casti has been studying the semiotics of maps for nearly 30 years, culminating in the formalization of a structured s...

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Title:Reflexive Cartography: A New Perspective In MappingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:August 18, 2015Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0128035099

ISBN - 13:9780128035092

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Table of Contents

PART ONE 1. Cartographic interpretation between continuity and renewal: on the trail of chora 2. The triumph of topos in colonial cartography: topographic metrics 3. Landscape as a cartographic icon

PART TWO 4. Technology in action: participatory cartographic systems 5. Chorographic horizon: landscape cartography 6. Coming full circle: towards a Chorography