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No Dig, No Fly, No Go: How Maps Restrict and Control

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"An entertaining and enlightening excursion." - Boston Globe. "Mark Monmonier is an able populariser of academic geography, and an expert guide to the bureaucratic, legal and political hierarchies that determine how places acquire, change and lose their names." - Economist. "Mark Monmonier's boyishly infectious history of (principally American) toponyms maps out the sexism, racism and imperialism through which we have come to know our landscapes." - Times Literary Supplement.

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Mark Monmonier is distinguished professor of geography at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the author of many books, including most recently, Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (May 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780226534688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226534688
  • ASIN: 0226534685
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Roger D. Launius VINE VOICE on November 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Mark Monmonier of Syracuse University is well known as a geographer with the ability to present difficult issues to a broad audience. "No Dig, No Fly, No Go: How Maps Restrict and Control" is an enlightening and entertaining study of the manner in which maps are used to demark restrictions and force limitations on human actions. Monmonier makes the case that while we routinely use maps to find our way to anyplace we want to go, there is a broad range of specialized maps that define boundaries, confine activities, and sustain authority in ways both obvious and sublime.

Monmonier's central point is that bureaucracies, power hierarchies, and legal entities use many different types of maps to exercise power over citizenry and others. They may be wielded to promote or suppress racism, sexism, and imperialism either explicitly or not; and when used effectively they have the power to alter the landscape and the human condition for the better. Examples of all types of maps abound, and Monmonier is at his best in drawing useful examples from a wealth of experience. Many of these are quite personal; mostly they are from the United States and as often as not they are drawn from his experience in New York State.

Chapters deal with a range of maps. Zoning maps, voting districts, international borders, utility and property boundaries, waterways, city management, roads and right-of-ways, maps of locations of sex offenders, vice areas, and the like all find their point of discussion in "No Dig, No Fly, No Go." This is a fine work, but after absorbing his central thesis--that maps are used to restrict and control activities by a populace and have both positive or negative ramifications--I was somewhat less enamored with it.
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