Rethinking the Power of Maps

Book cover: Rethinking the Power of Maps Via MapHist, news that a followup to Denis Wood’s 1992 book, The Power of Maps, is being published this month. Rethinking the Power of Maps, written by Wood along with John Fels and John Krygier, “takes a fresh look at what maps do, whose interests they serve, and how they can be used in surprising, creative, and radical ways,” says the publisher’s blurb. “Denis Wood describes how cartography facilitated the rise of the modern state and how maps continue to embody and project the interests of their creators. He demystifies the hidden assumptions of mapmaking and explores the promises and limitations of diverse counter-mapping practices today.” I’m familiar with some of Wood’s work but, to be honest, have never read The Power of Maps. I may have more reading ahead of me.