From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame

ISBN-10: 0226534669

ISBN-13: 9780226534664

Edition: 2007

Authors: Mark Monmonier

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Brassiere Hills, Alaska. Mollys Nipple, Utah. Outhouse Draw, Nevada. In the early twentieth century, it was common for towns and geographical features to have salacious, bawdy, and even derogatory names. In the age before political correctness, mapmakers readily accepted any local preference for place names, prizing accurate representation over standards of decorum. But later, when sanctions prohibited local use of racially, ethnically, and scatalogically offensive toponyms, names like Jap Valley, California, were erased from the national and cultural map forever." ""From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow" probes this little-known chapter in American cartographic history by considering the intersecting efforts to computerize mapmaking, standardize geographic names, and respond to public concern over ethnically offensive appellations. Unlike other books that consider place names, this is the first to reflect on both the real cartographic and political imbroglios they engender. "From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow "is Mark Monmonier at his finest: a learned analysis of a timely and controversial subject rendered accessible--and even entertaining--to the general reader. "Engaging . . . a trove of giggle-inducing lore."--"Publishers Weekly" "[An] excellent book. . . . [Mark Monmonier] is an able populariser of academic geography, and an expert guide to the bureaucratic, legal and political hierarchies that determine how places acquire, change and lose their names."--"The Economist" "Fascinating. . . . The book will interest anyone who has ever wondered how place names have come to be established by locals, and then come to endure on maps--at least until the advance ofpolitical correctness."--Susan Gole, "Times Higher Education Supplement"
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 230
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Naming and Mapping
The Quest for a National Gazetteer
Purging Pejoratives
Body Parts and Risqu� Toponyms
Going Native
Your Toponym or Mine?
Inscriptions Epilogue: Naming Rites
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