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Mapping the subaltern

Anthias, Penelope



Alexander J. Kent

Doug Specht


‘Counter-mapping’ refers to efforts by indigenous peoples and others to map against dominant colonial power structures and geographical representations. This chapter considers the historical evolution, varied methodologies and real-world applications of counter-mapping and reflects on its possibilities, ambivalences and limits. While the empowering effects of ‘mapping the subaltern’ are often taken for granted, critical accounts question the ability of maps to transform dominant relations of knowledge, space, and power. Nevertheless, the diversity of counter-mapping projects and approaches defies simple generalization. While mapping is never power-free, it represents an important field for contemporary struggles over representation, rights and resources – and one in which subaltern actors are increasingly seeking to intervene.


Anthias, P. (in press). Mapping the subaltern. In A. J. Kent, & D. Specht (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Geospatial Technologies and Society. London: Routledge.

Acceptance Date Jul 9, 2023
Online Publication Date Aug 17, 2023
Deposit Date Jul 9, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 18, 2025
Publisher Routledge
Series Title Routledge Handbooks
Edition 1st Edition
Book Title The Routledge Handbook of Geospatial Technologies and Society
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