author={Joel B. Harley},
  journal={Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization},
  • J. Harley
  • Published 1 October 1989
  • Philosophy
  • Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization
The paper draws on ideas in postmodern thinking to redefine the nature of maps as representations of power. The traditional rules of cartography – long rooted in a scientific epistemology of the map as an objective form of knowledge – will first be reviewed as an object of deconstruction. Second, a deconstructionist argument will explore the textuality of maps, including their metaphorical and rhetorical nature. Third, the paper will examine the dimensions both of external power and of the… 
A Narrative Cartography of the French Indo-China War: A Journalistic Perspective
This article seeks to understand the visual representation of the French Indo-China War using journalistic maps from the New York Times to reconstruct how the policies and events of this conflict were visually represented to the American public.
Still Deconstructing the Map: Microfinance Mapping and the Visual Politics of Intimate Abstraction
  • S. Elwood
  • Art
    Cartogr. Int. J. Geogr. Inf. Geovisualization
  • 2015
J.B. Harley's (1989) ‘‘Deconstructing the Map’’ opens with a map that speaks to us, using the language of modernist cartography to transform sea, sand, and rock into calibrated measurements recorded on a page, and builds a now-familiar path for critical cartographers.
Introduction: The Limits to Deconstructing the Map
  • R. Rose-Redwood
  • Computer Science, Sociology
    Cartogr. Int. J. Geogr. Inf. Geovisualization
  • 2015
The aim of this collection is not to further canonize Harley as the patron saint of critical cartography but rather to think through the limits of “Deconstructing the Map” to ensure that current and future theorizations of the power of mapping remain open to self-critique and new becomings.
Deconstructing the ‘Crown of the Continent’: Power, Politics and the Process of Creating National Geographic's Geotourism Mapguides
Abstract Maps can take a variety of forms from simple symbols to complex, interactive layers of information. Given their widespread use and potency as symbols and tools, maps are often assumed to be
Mapping Knowledge and Power: Cartographic Representations of Empire in
This paper seeks to examine how cartographic representations of empire in Victorian Britain created a powerful stock of public images of foreign territories that helped consolidate the process of
Post-representational cartography
Over the past decade there has been a move amongst critical cartographers to rethink maps from a post-representational perspective – that is, a vantage point that does not privilege
Beyond The ‘Binaries’: A Methodological Intervention for Interrogating Maps as Representational Practices
Over the past two decades, a growing number of geographers and cartographic historians have critically examined maps as products imbued with power, the social contexts of map production, and the
Subverting Cartography: The Situationists and Maps of the City
It is increasingly recognised that cartography is a contested practice, embedded within particular sets of power relations, and that maps are bound up with the production and reproduction of social
Mapping Religiously, or Religiously Minding the Map?
This essay explores the programmatic pedagogy that has long linked religion and maps. Through comparative juxtaposition of contemporary surfaces, it underscores the degree to which disciplinary
DECONSTRUCTING THE MAP : 25 YEARS ON Looking ‘ ‘ Beyond ’ ’ Power ?
As the contributions to this special issue attest, J.B. Harley’s theoretical ruminations in ‘‘Deconstructing the Map’’ (1989) and related works have cast a long shadow over subsequent studies of the


The Problem of Textuality: Two Exemplary Positions
The pages that follow work through two powerful, contemporary "ways" of considering, describing, analyzing, and dealing theoretically with the problem of textuality, a manifestly central problem for
Postmodernism and the Politics of Social Theory
Postmodernism and the polities of social theory Postmodernism' has spiralled its way out of architecture, aesthetics, and literary theory to confront the terrain of the human and social sciences as a
Postmodernism and the Deconstruction of Modernism
Postmodernism has an ancient history. This fact is not postmodernism's only paradox, although it is the best known and certainly the richest in philosophical consequences. Since JeanFrancois
The Map as an "Idea": The Role of Cartographic Imagery During the Second World War
A revolution occurred during the early 1940's in the way Americans visually imagined the earth and represented it cartographically. The traditional "seaman's view" and "landsman's view," exemplified
The Return of Grand Theory in the Human Sciences
This is a volume of new essays introducing the most influential developments in social and political theory over the last thirty years. In that period empiricism and the positivist ideal of the
Designs On Signs / Myth And Meaning In Maps
Every map is at once a synthesis of signs and a sign in itself: an instrument of depiction – of objects, events, places – and an instrument of persuasion – about these, its makers and itself. Like
The Rhetoric of Neutrality
1) The essay was originally presented as a paper at the first Information Design Conference, held at Cranfield, England in December 1984. The author is grateful to the editors of Design Issues for
Progress and its problems: Toward a theory of scientific growth
"A book that shakes philosophy of science to its roots. Laudan both destroys and creates. With detailed, scathing criticisms, he attacks the 'pregnant confusions' in extant philosophies of science.
The Postmodern Challenge: Reconstructing Human Geography
In this paper, I argue in favour of regarding human geography as part of the social theory movement. By confronting the intellectual disarray in human geography, and addressing the challenge of
The order of things : an archaeology of the human sciences
Publishers Note, Forward to the English Edition, Preface Part I: 1.Las Meninas 2.The Prose of the World: I The Four Similitudes, II Signatures, III The Limits of the World, IV the Writing of Things,