The relationship between cartography and power has aroused much interest in recent years, stimulated by innovative critical approaches. The empiricist and neo-positivist paradigms, no longer satisfactory, have been abandoned, while the analysis has been extended to include not only state-sponsored, but also popular cartography. Regardless of the character of the map or its source, it continues to be inserted in the context of the modern territorial state, as it is perceived as a key instrument for conveying the state's narrative. Seen in this light, cartography inevitably comes out on the subordinate end of this relationship, since it fully conforms to the orthodox state-centered worldview that has dominated modernity. Overturning this mechanically deconstructionist approach, this paper proposes, instead, to apply a concept introduced by John Brian Harley, the father of critical cartography – that of the map's internal power. This concept, usually considered a given and rarely tested in empirical studies, is evaluated here through an analysis of the border sign in a series of unorthodox maps (in the work of Reclus, Mackinder, Renner, Spykman, Horrabin, Radó, Ratzel, Kjèllen, Haushofer) which have received little scientific attention to date.
Representing the Politics of Borders: Unorthodox Maps in Reclus, Mackinder and Others / Boria, Edoardo. - In: GEOPOLITICS. - ISSN 1465-0045. - STAMPA. - 20:1(2015), pp. 142-170. [10.1080/14650045.2014.964861]
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|Titolo:||Representing the Politics of Borders: Unorthodox Maps in Reclus, Mackinder and Others|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Citazione:||Representing the Politics of Borders: Unorthodox Maps in Reclus, Mackinder and Others / Boria, Edoardo. - In: GEOPOLITICS. - ISSN 1465-0045. - STAMPA. - 20:1(2015), pp. 142-170. [10.1080/14650045.2014.964861]|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|