Why Mapping Matters

If maps are not just objective descriptions of reality, and if they can have politics, it suggests something else - they need not be about literal geographical places or spaces. Maps are ways of organizing and rationalizing space, but we use the idea of the map in many ways other than the obvious. For example:

Maps, like any other representation, do not simply reflect, they produce. And in fact, we use geographical and mapping metaphors for our processes of thought and action. We also use them to describe relationships of power and desire.