Mapping It Out Expository Cartography for the Humanities and Social Sciences

ISBN-10: 0226534170
ISBN-13: 9780226534176
Edition: 1993
Authors: Mark Monmonier
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Writers know only too well how long it can take—and how awkward it can be—to describe spatial relationships with words alone. And while a map might not always be worth a thousand words, a good one can help writers communicate an argument or explanation clearly, succinctly, and effectively. In his acclaimedHow to Lie with Maps,Mark Monmonier showed how maps can distort facts. InMapping it Out: Expository Cartography for the Humanities and Social Sciences,he shows authors and scholars how they can use expository cartography—the visual, two-dimensional organization of information—to heighten the impact of their books and articles. This concise, practical book is an introduction to the fundamental principles of graphic logic and design, from the basics of scale to the complex mapping of movement or change. Monmonier helps writers and researchers decide when maps are most useful and what formats work best in a wide range of subject areas, from literary criticism to sociology. He demonstrates, for example, various techniques for representing changes and patterns; different typefaces and how they can either clarify or confuse information; and the effectiveness of less traditional map forms, such as visibility base maps, frame-rectangle symbols, and complementary scatterplot designs for conveying complex spatial relationships. There is also a wealth of practical information on map compilation, cartobibliographies, copyright and permissions, facsimile reproduction, and the evaluation of source materials. Appendixes discuss the benefits and limitations of electronic graphics and pen-and-ink drafting, and how to work with a cartographic illustrator. Clearly written, and filled with real-world examples,Mapping it Outdemystifies mapmaking for anyone writing in the humanities and social sciences. "A useful guide to a subject most people probably take too much for granted. It shows how map makers translate abstract data into eye-catching cartograms, as they are called. It combats cartographic illiteracy. It fights cartophobia. It may even teach you to find your way."—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt,The New York Times

Maps in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Scale, Perspective, and Generalization
Visual Variables and Cartographic Symbols
Map Goals, Map Titles, and Creative Labeling
Cartographic Sources and Map Compilation
Statistical Maps, Data Scalaing, and Data Classification
Mapping Movement, Change, and Process
Relational Maps and Integrative Cartography

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