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Sociedad y Economía

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BARRAGAN-LEON, Andrea Natalia. Social cartography: creative language for qualitative research. Soc. Econ. [online]. 2019, n.36, pp.139-159. ISSN 1657-6357.

This article aims to reflect on cartography as a heterogeneous and plural language, starting by defining the maps beyond simple scientific abstractions of reality, situating them as tools through which power is manifested. This cartographic language materializes an iconographic discourse that represents a specific territorial project of the subjects that they elaborate it, being cartography a social and eminently political product. To this end, the text is organized as follows: first, the historical map is analyzed as a model of a modern territorial state, then the proposal of participatory mapping is presented through some work experiences in Colombia, subsequently, social mapping is approached as a qualitative methodology of territorial character for social research, placing it as part of a knowledge matrix located in Latin America, and finally, some methodological recommendations are given for the realization of social cartography workshops.

Keywords : social cartography; participatory cartography, cartographic language, qualitative methodologies, situated knowledge.

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