Book note: Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry, edited by Nancy Duxbury, W.F. Garrett-Petts, and David MacLennan, has just been published by Routledge.
This edited collection provides an introduction to the emerging interdisciplinary field of cultural mapping, offering a range of perspectives that are international in scope. As a mode of inquiry, cultural mapping is both theoretical and practical. Those involved in cultural mapping seek to explore the richness and complexity of local meanings of place. For many, these artistic and ethnographic activities are linked to strategies of change and animation. Cultural mapping has become a valuable tool in policy, planning, and sustainability initiatives. In countries and contexts across the world, cultural mapping is recognized as a legitimate way to protect cultural traditions and to give expression and value to local cultural creations.
The chapters of this book address these themes, drawing on examples from Australia, Canada, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Italy, Malaysia, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Ukraine. Contributors explore innovative ways to encourage urban and cultural planning, community development, artistic intervention, and public participation in cultural mapping—recognizing that public involvement and artistic practices introduce a range of challenges spanning various phases of the research process, from the gathering of data, to interpreting data, to presenting “findings” to a broad range of audiences. The book responds to the need for histories and case studies of cultural mapping that are globally distributed and that situate the practice locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry: Introduction to an Emerging Field of Practice by Nancy Duxbury, W. F. Garrett-Petts and David MacLennan
Part I: Mapping the Contours of an Emerging Field
Cultural Mapping and Planning for Sustainable Communities by Graeme Evans
One Strategy, Many Purposes: A Classification for Cultural Mapping Projects by Leonardo Chiesi and Paolo Costa
Cultural Mapping: Analyzing Its Meanings in Policy Documents by Eleonora Redaelli
Cultural Mapping in Ontario: The Big Picture by Sharon Jeannotte
Part II: Platforms for Engagement and Knowledge Through Mapping
Wedjemup Wangkiny Koora, Yeye and Mila Boorda (Wedjemup Talking from the Past, Today, and the Future): An Ex-Modern Way of Thinking and Mapping Landscape into Country? by Len Collard and Grant Revell
Understanding the Full Impact of Cultural Mapping in Ukraine by Linda Knudsen McAusland and Olha Kotska
Engaging Public, Professionals, and Policy-Makers in the Mapping Process by Janet Pillai Mapping Cultures: Spatial Anthropology and Popular Cultural Memory by Les Roberts and Sara Cohen
“Reading the City”: Cultural Mapping as Pedagogic Inquiry by Stuart Burch
City Readings and Urban Mappings: The City as Didactic Instrument by Paulo Providência
Part III: Inquiry, Expression, and Deepening Understanding of Place
Time, Aggregation, and Analysis: Designing Effective Digital Cultural Mapping Projects by Elaine Sullivan and Willeke Wendrich
Beyond Paper Maps: Archeologies of Place by Abby Suckle and Seetha Raghupathy
Mapping the Complexity of Creative Practice: Using Cognitive Maps to Follow Creative Ideas and Collaborations by Roberta Comunian and Katerina Alexiou
From Work to Play: Making Bodies in Flight’s Performance Walk Dream→work by Sara Giddens and Simon Jones
Maraya as Visual Research: Mapping Urban Displacement and Narrating Artistic Inquiry by Glen Lowry, M. Simon Levin and Henry Tsang (Maraya)
Beyond the Brochure: An Unmapped Journey into Deep Mapping by Kathleen Scherf