Free ePDF: Mapping Society: The Spatial Dimensions of Social Cartography

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A recently published book by Laura Vaughan is available as an open access PDF.  The book, Mapping Society: The Spatial Dimensions of Social Cartographytakes a look at the evolution of social cartography over two hundred years:

From a rare map of yellow fever in eighteenth-century New York, to Charles Booth’s famous maps of poverty in nineteenth-century London, an Italian racial zoning map of early twentieth century Asmara, to a map of wealth disparities in the banlieues of twenty-first-century Paris, Mapping Society traces the evolution of social cartography over the past two centuries. In this richly illustrated book, Laura Vaughan examines maps of ethnic or religious difference, poverty, and health inequalities, demonstrating how they not only serve as historical records of social enquiry, but also constitute inscriptions of social patterns that have been etched deeply on the surface of cities.

The author, Laura Vaughan, is Professor of Urban Form and Society at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL).

The book can currently be purchased in the United Kingdom from UCL’s site.  The book will be available for purchase in hardback and paperback format on starting in February of 2019.

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