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As inherently spatial beings, our sense of space in cyberspace challenges all that is familiar in terms of our ability to define, organize, govern, and map social places. In "The Political Mapping of Cyberspace, " Jeremy Crampton shows that cyberspace is not the virtual reality we think it to be, but instead a rich geography of political practices and power relations. Using concepts and methods derived from the work of Michel Foucault, Crampton outlines a new mapping of cyberspace to help define the role of space in virtual worlds and to provide constructive ways in which humans can exist in another spatial dimension. He delineates the critical role maps play in constructing the medium as an object of knowledge and demonstrates that by processes of mapping we come to understand cyberspace. Maps, he argues, shape political thinking about cyberspace, and he deploys in-depth case studies of crime mapping, security maintenance, and geo-surveillance to show how we map ourselves onto cyberspace, inexorably, and indelibly. Offering a powerful reinterpretation of technology and contemporary life, this innovative book will be an essential touchstone for the study of cartography and cyberspace in the twenty-first century.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226117461
ISBN-10: 0226117464
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 214
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Dr. Jeremy W. Crampton

Jeremy W. Crampton is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Georgia State University. He is the author of numerous articles on social and technical aspects of mapping.

Books By Author Dr. Jeremy W. Crampton

Mapping by Dr. Jeremy W. Crampton


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Space, Knowledge and Power by Dr. Jeremy W. Crampton

Space, Knowledge and Power

Paperback, February 2007
Political Mapping of Cyberspace by Dr. Jeremy W. Crampton

The Political Mapping of Cyberspace

Paperback, October 2003