Windows Into Changing Worldviews: A Critical Cartographic Analysis of Four Influential World Maps from the 13th to the 21st Century

Wicks, Elizabeth E. (2015) Windows Into Changing Worldviews: A Critical Cartographic Analysis of Four Influential World Maps from the 13th to the 21st Century. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Matthew Murray from Anthropology, The University of Mississippi.

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It is an inherent part of human nature to seek knowledge of the world around us. As knowledge of the world grew, so did the need for its visual representation—thus came the introduction of the map into society. The map is a technology that allows us to see an expansive view of the world around us and to understand our own place in the world. In the past, displaying a full view of the world was more of a challenge—many regions remained unexplored or undiscovered. The mapmaker was given the task of representing both known and unknown lands. The representation of the world that resulted reflected the most current knowledge of the world, but also created a worldview for its spectators. In essence, this is where the idea of critical cartography, a field focused on viewing maps as powerful tools that influence culture, comes into play. My thesis serves as a critical cartographic analysis of the varying ways that maps represent known and unknown space. Furthermore, it shows how cartographic representations of the world serve not only to reflect worldviews, but also to create realities. Four maps throughout history, the Vercelli map, the Catalan Atlas, the Mercator map, and Google Earth, are analyzed using a critical cartography framework in order to draw conclusions about the map’s place in society.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Wicks, Elizabeth E.
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. International Studies and French
Thesis Advisor: Matthew Murray
Thesis Advisor's Department: Anthropology
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: A General Works > AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities
D History General and Old World > DG Italy
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Ms. Elizabeth E. Wicks
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2016 19:22
Last Modified: 01 May 2017 14:31

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