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Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry

Edited by Nancy Duxbury, W.F. Garrett-Petts, and David MacLennan, Series: Routledge Advances in Research Methods, Routledge, 2015, 378 pages, ISBN 978-1-13-882186-6

This edited collection provides an introduction to the emerging interdisciplinary field of cultural mapping, offering a range of perspectives that are international in scope. As a mode of inquiry, cultural mapping is both theoretical and practical. Those involved in cultural mapping seek to explore the richness and complexity of local meanings of place. For many, these artistic and ethnographic activities are linked to strategies of change and animation. Cultural mapping has become a valuable tool in policy, planning, and sustainability initiatives. In countries and contexts across the world, cultural mapping is recognized as a legitimate way to protect cultural traditions and to give expression and value to local cultural creations.

The chapters of this book address these themes, drawing on examples from Australia, Canada, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Italy, Malaysia, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Ukraine. Contributors explore innovative ways to encourage urban and cultural planning, community development, artistic intervention, and public participation in cultural mapping - recognizing that public involvement and artistic practices introduce a range of challenges spanning various phases of the research process, from the gathering of data, to interpreting data, to presenting "findings" to a broad range of audiences. The book responds to the need for histories and case studies of cultural mapping that are globally distributed and that situate the practice locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Further book details, please see: www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138821866/

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