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MONTOYA ARANGO, Vladimir. The Map of the Invisible: Silences and the Grammar of Power in Cartography. univ.humanist. [online]. 2007, n.63, pp. 155-180. ISSN 0120-4807.
This article reflects on how cartography constitutes of a unique spatial language, which produces a political image of the territory that illustrates prevailing power concepts. The emphasis on the map, for this discussion, tries to introduce a question about the ethical and political implications inherent in cartography and open a door to explore the connections between cartography, social representations of the territory and spatial behavior of individuals and social collectives. The article begins with a brief review of the history of cartography, and then turns its attention to critical cartography and the possibilities of using "cognitive maps" as a methodology to execute cartographical exercises with local communities. Some crucial challenges for a collaborative and interactive cartography are suggested at the end.
Keywords : critical cartography; cognitive maps; situated knowledge; social cartography.