Special Issue of Cartographica: Deconstructing the Map


Volume 50, Number 1, Spring 2015

Special issue – “Deconstructing the Map”: 25 Years On





Articles include:

Introduction: The Limits to Deconstructing the Map

Reuben Rose-Redwood



This special issue marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of J.B. Harley’s “Deconstructing the Map” (1989), which has had a major influence in the fields of critical cartography, the history of cartography, and human geography more generally. Over the last quarter century, this essay and related works have also been widely cited by scholars from a broad range of disciplines across the social sciences and humanities, serving as a key reference for those seeking to theorize the spatial politics of maps and mapping. Through such citational practices, “Deconstructing the Map” has acquired a canonical status as one of the classics of critical cartographic theory, yet the limitations of its theoretical and methodological analyses are widely acknowledged even by Harley’s strongest supporters. The contributors to this special issue discuss their own critical engagements with this foundational text as well as the extent to which Harley’s work still resonates with contemporary perspectives in the field of critical cartography today. The broader aim of this collection is therefore 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.


Cartography and Its Discontents

Matthew H. Edney



This Is Not about Old Maps

Denis Wood



“Snapshots of a Moving Target”: Harley/Foucault/Colonialism

Daniel Clayton



Reflections on J.B. Harley’s “Deconstructing the Map”

John Krygier



Harley and Friday Harbor: A Conversation with John Pickles

Jeremy Crampton and Matthew W. Wilson



Reflecting on J.B. Harley’s Influence and What He Missed in “Deconstructing the Map”

Martin Dodge and Chris Perkins



Tracing the Map in the Age of Web 2.0

Wen Lin



Still Deconstructing the Map: Microfinance Mapping and the Visual Politics of Intimate Abstraction

Sarah Elwood



Deconstructing the Map after 25 Years: Furthering Engagements with Social Theory

Leila M. Harris



Looking “beyond” Power: J.B. Harley’s Legacy and the Powers of Cartographic World-Making

Reuben Rose-Redwood



Cartographica is available online at:

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Publication Type Journal
Publisher University of Toronto Press
Year 2015
ISSN 0317-7173
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