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ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies seeks “to provide a forum for the publication of critical and radical work about space in the social sciences - including anarchist, anti-racist, environmentalist, feminist, marxist, postcolonial, poststructuralist, queer, situationist and socialist perspectives.” It is a relatively new journal and all of its 7 issues to date are available online. The journal is based at the University of British Columbia but has a fairly international collection of editors and is available in German, Italian, French and Spanish.

The latest issue focuses on critical cartography and includes a paper (pdf) entitled “An Introduction to Critical Cartography.” In it, the authors Jeremy Crampton and John Krygier define critical cartography “as a one-two punch of new mapping practices and theoretical critique. Critical cartography challenges academic cartography by linking geographic knowledge with power, and thus is political.” The paper places the development of critical cartography in the 1990s within the broader context of the development of cartography - specifically the movement of mapmaking away from a small group of professionals towards a more broad based user group (think Google Earth, etc.).

Thanks John.

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