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ContentsPrefaceIntroduction: But Do You Actually Do GIS? 1. Criticality: The Urgency of Drawing and Tracing2. Digitality: Origins, or the Stories We Tell Ourselves3. Movement: Strange Concepts and the Essentially Subjective4. Attention: Memory Support and the Care of Community5. Quantification: Counting on Location-Aware Futures6. A Single Point Does Not Form a LineAcknowledgmentsNotesIndex

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Matthew W. Wilson is associate professor of geography at the University of Kentucky and visiting scholar in the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University.


"With rapidly shifting digital technologies, geo-surveillance, everyday cartography, privatized georeferenced data, and neoliberalization, New Lines offers a reflexive reassessment of the scholarly praxis of critical GIS, an increasingly anachronistic term. Attentive also to contemporary philosophical debates, Matthew W. Wilson's lively and ambitious manifesto pushes the reader to re-examine everything they thought they knew about the topic."-Eric Sheppard, author of Limits to Globalization: The Disruptive Geographies of Capitalist Development"This elegantly argued book offers a brilliantly original perspective on the many 'troubles'-technical, epistemological, cultural, and political-associated with the contemporary proliferation of digital mapping systems. For anyone interested in understanding the rapidly changing sociohistorical, technological and institutional contexts in which cartographic practice occurs, Matthew W. Wilson's New Lines will provide a foundational source of insight, wisdom, inspiration, and provocation."-Neil Brenner, Harvard University

"The book is an important provocation for any mapmaker, cartographer, and spatial thinker. Ultimately, the book is a required read - even if only for the history alone - for any map user."-Rhizomes

"New Lines reinvigorates some of the discussions that GIScience scholars have debated for decades by presenting material that is substantial without being impenetrable." -Cartographic Perspectives

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