Bushmanders and Bullwinkles
How Politicians Manipulate Electronic Maps and Census Data to Win Elections 2nd
By (author) Mark S. Monmonier
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Bushmanders and Bullwinkles by Mark S. Monmonier
Book DescriptionThis text focuses on the story of political cartography and the redrawing of congressional districts in the US. The title combines the term "gerrymander" - which means to apportion electoral districts in such a way as to give the political party in power an advantage when representatives are elected - with the surname of the president who actively tolerated racial gerrymandering, and draws attention to the ridiculously shaped congressional districts that evokes the antlers of the moose who shared the cartoon-spot with Rocky the Flying Squirrel. Using a cartographic outlook, Mark Monmonier examines the political tales maps tell when votes and power are at stake. While exploring the debates over the proper roles of natural boundaries, media maps, census enumeration and ethnic identity, the book also asks if the focus on form rather than function may be little more tha a distraction from the larger issues, such as election reform.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226534244
(224mm x 151mm x 20mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 9-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mark S. Monmonier
Rhumb Lines and Map Wars, Hardback (October 2004)
An account of the controversies surrounding Flemish cartographer Gerard Mercator's legacy examines the limitations and uses of Mercator's clever method of portraying the earth on a flat surface while taking into account the earth's actual roundness.
Spying with Maps, Paperback (April 2004)
In Spying with Maps, the "mapmatician" Mark Monmonier looks at the increased use of geographic data, satellite imagery, and location tracking across a wide range of fields such as military intelligence, law enforcement, market research, and traffic engineering.
Air Apparent, Paperback (November 2000)
Presenting the story of the weather map, this book traces its history; discusses debates among scientists on the enigma of storms and global change; explains strategies for mapping the upper atmosphere and forecasting disaster; and exposes the efforts to detect and control air pollution.
Maps with the News, Paperback (July 1999)» View all books by Mark S. Monmonier
An assessment of the role of cartography in American journalism. The text traces the use of maps in American news reporting from the 18th century to the 1980s, and explores why and how journalistic maps have achieved such importance.
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Author Biography - Mark S. Monmonier
A professor of geography in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, Mark Monmonier is the author or coauthor of eleven books, including "How to Lie with Maps," "Cartographies of Danger: Mapping Hazards in America," and "Air Apparent: How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict, and Dramatize Weather," all published by the University of Chicago Press.
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