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Some reflections on mental maps
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies. (Nordliga studier ; Arcum)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8748-9934
2018 (English)In: Journal of Cultural Geography, ISSN 0887-3631, E-ISSN 1940-6320, Vol. 35, no 2, p. 274-285Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The point of departure for this essay is a map drawn in 1963 by the writer’s maternal grandfather. It represents the village of Berg, located in northern Sweden, and depicts his activities as a farmer and hunter. But it is also based on grandfather’s collective knowledge of the village. In what follows I will examine mental maps of microspaces that reflect what is important to an individual or to the members of a community. One shows how Aivilik Inuits perceive their local environment; another set of urban maps from Los Angeles, California, are based on the views of residents in different areas. The social divides become strikingly apparent on these mental maps. Among the conspicuous features of my grandfather’s map are the images he drew to supplement the various geographical locations he laid out. In this respect one might compare medieval mappae mundi that is, maps of the world representing compendiums of all things worth knowing. I also consider the appearance of mysterious gaps on grandfather’s map, that is, “the silences”. Many general perspectives on mental mapping are suggested by a consideration of the map my grandfather drew.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 35, no 2, p. 274-285
Keywords [en]
Mental maps, microspace maps, mappae mundi
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Human Geography
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130191DOI: 10.1080/08873631.2017.1362934ISI: 000437497700007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85027313000OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-130191DiVA, id: diva2:1065204
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Special issue on Mental Maps: Geographical och Historical Perspectives (guest editors Norbert Götz & Janne Holmén)

Available from: 2017-01-13 Created: 2017-01-13 Last updated: 2018-08-31Bibliographically approved

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