ERIC Number: ED364438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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Invitation to a Postmodern Reflection on Critical Social Cartography.
Paulston, Rolland G.; Liebman, Martin
This document demonstrates how social cartography can be used in social research to include individuals and cultural clusters who want their own narratives included in the social discourse. Social cartography is defined as the creation of maps addressing questions of location in the social milieu. Visual images, depicting on the two dimensional surface of paper or screen the researcher's perceived application, allocation, or appropriation of social space by social groups at a given time and in a given space offer an opportunity to see how social changes develop in the world around us. It suggests not a synthesis, but the further opening of dialogue among diverse social players. The essay proposes that social cartography has the potential to be a useful discourse style for demonstrating the attributes and capacities, as well as the development and perceptions of people and cultures operating within the social milieu. Because society can be mapped by this method to include all parts of the society, social cartography offers a new and effective method for visually demonstrating the sensitivity of postmodern influences for opening social dialogue, especially to those who have experienced disenfranchisement by modernism. Illustrations include maps representing both modernist and postmodernist interpretations of cartography. The increased flexibility in representational value of the postmodernist version is demonstrated. Sociology and Cartography research courses need to include this method in addition to the traditional forms of research in the social sciences. (DK)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Social Mapping
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (Kingston, Jamaica, March 16-19, 1993).