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Maps and Protest

Abstract : The political power of maps can be initially approached with a Foucauldian lens to show how maps can be considered to be “discourse,” a way of not only displaying spatial information but organizing geographical knowledge that structures a collective understanding of situations. The spread of mobile technologies has transformed maps and mapping, and along with counter-mapping have become powerful tools for challenging the dominant spatial order and its representations. Three broad types of maps related to protest activities can be identified: maps of protests that locate the site of rallies and demonstrations; maps to protest that are agenda-driven either because they challenge existing representations or they make problems in governance visible, and maps for protest that enable and promote alternative and emancipatory uses of space.
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Martine Drozdz. Maps and Protest. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Elsevier, pp.367-378, 2020, ⟨10.1016/B978-0-08-102295-5.10575-X⟩. ⟨hal-02432374⟩

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