Today's global economy is yesterday's empire. Imperialism in whatever guise is the same through time, penetrating every area of our lives, affecting whole cultures as well as the deep core of individuals. And maps have been the tools of empire, defining the territory to be exploited.
Off The Map is a unique exploration of globalization. Part history, part autobiography, and part fiction, it weaves together the history of the last 300 years of Western imperialism, the author's own story of sexual abuse in the 1950s, and a present-day horseback ride through the recently colonized Chicano world of New Mexico. The author takes us with her as she travels 'off the map' through the ancestral lands of her friend and traveling companion Snowflake Martinez, describing the Chicano people's struggle to survive the onslaught of a globalized world, and the ways in which that struggle has been replicated countless times. In a different voice, she reveals scenes from her childhood, her grandparents adorning themselves with artifacts symbolic of the British Empire, and her medical doctor father raping both her and her brother for twelve years. The political is deeply personal. And hope, according to Glendinning, resides in our creating new maps that chart worlds fashioned by love and respect for community, place and nature.
"A dazzling contribution to the critical study of globalization (qua imperialism)."-Devon Peña, author of Chicano Culture, Ecology, Politics: Subversive Kin
I enjoyed this book as much as I did one of her others, My Name is Chellis, etc. It gives the reader a whole lot to think about, although I came away from it with feelings of great... Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Sue & Scott
As much as other reviewers were raving about this book, I thought I would like it just as much. I really thought it was a mediocre work of writing. Read morePublished on March 22, 2007 by Atlas Moth
Off The Maps: An Expedition Deep Into Empire And The Global Economy by psychologist, social activist, poet, and a pioneer in the field of ecopsychology Chellis Glendinning offers a... Read morePublished on December 5, 2002 by Midwest Book Review