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Mapping Out Responsibility : An Investigation of the Cartography of Slums

Oluoch, Isaac Ogando (2019) Mapping Out Responsibility : An Investigation of the Cartography of Slums.

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Abstract:In everyday practices, for many individuals making use of a map is usually an activity for navigating from place to place, via Google Maps, a GPS tool or an actual handheld map. Such an activity follows the authority of the map in an almost unquestioning way, and in some cases involving Google Maps, this has led to instances where drivers end up in lakes or ditches by following the map instead of paying attention to the terrain itself. When such accidents happen, is it the fault of the driver or the app (and by extent the company in charge of the app)? And is it then necessary for the map user to be critical of what they are shown, or should they have faith that the map is representing what they need to know in an accurate manner? Such concerns over accuracy, use, and responsibility, will be the themes of this thesis. I shall be looking closely at the social, political and technological processes that orient the production of maps. The focus of this thesis will be on analysing maps constructed using geo-information systems (GIS) and community based techniques, for mapping what are called ‘slums’ and slum dwellers. This thesis will investigate the mapping of ‘slums’ in order to ask, what does responsible mapping of ‘slums’ look like?
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy, 74 (human) geography, cartography, town and country planning, demography
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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