“Mapping Culture” is an intriguing exploration of how culture is perceived and represented through maps. It delves into the historical context of maps as a tool for understanding culture, highlighting their evolution from simple geographical tools to complex cultural artefacts. The book also emphasises the role of maps in shaping cultural identities, demonstrating how they reflect societal norms and values.

The concept of ‘cultural mapping’ is introduced, a process that involves identifying and documenting local cultural resources. This process, the book suggests, is critical for community development, fostering a sense of belonging and promoting cultural diversity. It also highlights the potential for cultural mapping to influence policy decisions, particularly around heritage conservation and cultural tourism.

The book further explores the intersection of technology and culture in map-making. It discusses the advent of digital mapping technologies and their impact on the cultural mapping process. The use of these technologies, it argues, has democratized map-making and enabled more diverse cultural narratives to be represented.

Finally, “Mapping Culture” offers a series of case studies from around the world, illustrating the practical applications of cultural mapping. These case studies underscore the book’s central argument: that maps are not merely representations of geographical space, but powerful tools for understanding, preserving and celebrating cultural diversity.

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