Title

The politics of maps : how the political boundaries on maps affect movements for political autonomy of independence : the perceptions of a select group of people

Publication Date

1-1-2005

Degree Name

MA in Conflict Transformation

First Advisor

Kanthie Athukorala

Abstract

Political Boundaries are not just lines drawn on maps, political boundaries are political power. This work sets out to discover the truth to this statement and to judge the effect that the political boundaries drawn on maps have on movements for political autonomy or independence. The subject of this paper is how the political boundaries drawn on maps affect not only movements for political autonomy, but how they affect people's lives. In order to understand better the relationship that exists between maps and movements for independence, the author interviewed a select group of cartographers, professors, and advocates for independence movements. The data gathered from the interviews was then compared and contrasted to what was found in the literature concerning the research question. The argument is then made that common misperceptions concerning the objectivity of maps have empowered maps to greatly affect all of our lives as well as disadvantaging movements for political autonomy.

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