1st Edition

Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry

Edited By Nancy Duxbury, W.F. Garrett-Petts, David MacLennan Copyright 2015
    396 Pages
    by Routledge

    396 Pages 62 B/W Illustrations
    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. Cultural mapping is a mode of inquiry and a methodological tool in urban planning, cultural sustainability, and community development that makes visible the ways local stories, practices, relationships, memories, and rituals constitute places as meaningful locations. The chapters address themes, processes, approaches, and research methodologies drawn from examples in 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.

    1. Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry: Introduction to an Emerging Field of Practice  Nancy Duxbury, W. F. Garrett-Petts and David MacLennan  Part I: Mapping the Contours of an Emerging Field  2. Cultural Mapping and Planning for Sustainable Communities  Graeme Evans  3. One Strategy, Many Purposes: A Classification for Cultural Mapping Projects  Leonardo Chiesi and Paolo Costa  4. Cultural Mapping: Analyzing Its Meanings in Policy Documents  Eleonora Redaelli  5. Cultural Mapping in Ontario: The Big Picture  M. Sharon Jeannotte  Part II: Platforms for Engagement and Knowledge Through Mapping  6. 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?  Len Collard and Grant Revell  7. Understanding the Full Impact of Cultural Mapping in Ukraine  Linda Knudsen McAusland and Olha Kotska  8. Engaging Public, Professionals, and Policy-Makers in the Mapping Process  Janet Pillai  9. Mapping Cultures: Spatial Anthropology and Popular Cultural Memory  Les Roberts and Sara Cohen  10. "Reading the City": Cultural Mapping as Pedagogic Inquiry  Stuart Burch  11. City Readings and Urban Mappings: The City as Didactic Instrument  Paulo Providência  Part III: Inquiry, Expression, and Deepening Understanding of Place  12. Time, Aggregation, and Analysis: Designing Effective Digital Cultural Mapping Projects  Elaine Sullivan and Willeke Wendrich  13. Beyond Paper Maps: Archeologies of Place  Abby Suckle and Seetha Raghupathy  14. Mapping the Complexity of Creative Practice: Using Cognitive Maps to Follow Creative Ideas and Collaborations  Roberta Comunian and Katerina Alexiou  15. From Work to Play: Making Bodies in Flight’s Performance Walk Dream→work  Sara Giddens and Simon Jones  16. Maraya as Visual Research: Mapping Urban Displacement and Narrating Artistic Inquiry  Glen Lowry, M. Simon Levin and Henry Tsang (Maraya)  17. Beyond the Brochure: An Unmapped Journey into Deep Mapping  Kathleen Scherf


    Nancy Duxbury is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal, and Co-coordinator of its Cities, Cultures, and Architecture Research Group.

    W.F. Garrett-Petts is Professor of English and Associate Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies at Thompson Rivers University, Canada.

    David MacLennan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Thompson Rivers University, Canada.

    'The quality of the writing in an edited volume can vary, but the essays in this collection are consistently good. The editors state that the goal of cultural mapping is to make visible the local stories, rituals, relationships, practices, meanings, and memories that shape the spirit of place. In that way the authors are successful, and academics or cultural workers seeking to gain a deeper understanding of place should find these case studies useful.'Phil Birge-Liberman, University of Connecticut, Social & Cultural Geography

    'Duxbury, Garrett-Petts and MacLennan have edited a volume on the method of cultural mapping which
    can be regarded as a central book for cultural policy research.'
    Louise Ejgod Hansen, Aarhus University, The Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy

    Taken as a whole, Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry explores a variety of mapping practices and logics to inform and inspire cultural planning. Mapping emerges as at once epistemological and deeply ontological, a mode of representation and a set of claims. The contributors take seriously the concern that mapping may reinforce existing power relations and systematic oppression.

    Andrew Zitcer (2016) Review of "Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry," edited by Nancy Duxbury, W. F. Garrett-Petts, and David MacLennan, The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 46:5, 297-299, DOI: 10.1080/10632921.2016.1194795