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How to Make A Pretty Map

geography, Life in the LabNovember 6, 2012

Cartographers of old produced maps that now hang in art galleries, living rooms, and libraries. They were works of art, embellished with the cartographer’s personality – from their handwriting to the fanciful borders of the page  and sometimes even sea creatures. Peruse for a moment this map of North Carolina (then part of the Virginia […]

Does Knowledge Equal Power?

cultural anthropology, geography, Social ScienceMay 10, 2011

Foucault saw the concepts of knowledge and power as one entity, which he called “pouvoir-savoir”, based on the philosophy that knowledge and power are co-evolved. There are a number of examples where Foucault’s assertion seem to be correct. In France, a group of patients with muscular dystrophy coordinated and collected vast amounts of collective data […]

State of the Field: Too big, too small, just right – the Goldilocks Conundrum of Conservation

geography, Science, Social Science, State of the FieldJanuary 25, 2011

Scale seems like a simple term with a simple definition, a concept certainly not up for debate. Well, digging just a little deeper we find that the nuances of a term that is used in almost every discipline make it important to make sure everyone’s on the same page. Furthermore, it’s important to make sure […]

State of the Field: Modergasm – The flaccid finality of modern erections

geography, policy, Social Science, State of the FieldJanuary 18, 2011

Effective management of any landscape or seascape must attend to context such as unique attributes of the ecosystem, local cultural values and norms, and broader governance constructs. Conservation managers often joke that the best way to incorporate this context is to install a benevolent dictator at the helm. His or her role would be to […]

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