Free the Map - From Atlas to Hermes: a New Cartography of Borders and Migration
|Henk van Houtum
A map is a visual story of the world. It feeds our imagination and shapes our view of the world. A standard atlas, however, predominantly tells only one story, that of the nation-state. It depicts a world in which people are uniformly packed into national containers, enclosed by borders, and in which migration is is often represented as threatening arrows of invasion. 'Free the Map' goes beyond this narrow, state-centric cartography. The book argues for a new cartographic story: a Hermes – the grandson of Atlas and the god of mobility and human connections. To this end, it discusses several visually compelling, alternative cartographic representations of borders and migration.
|150 p, ills colour & bw, 20 x 28 cm, pb, English